The National Deworming Day is held on 10 February and 10 August each year. It is a single fixed-day approach to treating intestinal worm infections in all children aged 1- 19 years,
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National Deworming Day
- To combat Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) infections, the Ministry has adopted a single day strategy called National Deworming Day (NDD) wherein single dose of albendazole is administered to children from 1-19 years of age group schools and anganwadi centres.
- It is held on 10 Februaryand 10 August each year each year.
- The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is the nodal agency for providing all States/UTs with guidelines related to National Deworming Day (NDD) implementation at all levels.
- The programme is being implemented through the combined efforts of Department of School Education and Literacy underMinistry of Human Resource and Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
- Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Urban Development, and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) also provide support to deworming program.
- To increase programme outreach to private schools and maximize deworming benefits for large number of children various awareness activities (media mix) are involved under the programme.
- According to World Health Organization 241 million children between the ages of 1 and 14 years are at risk of parasitic intestinal worms in India, also known as Soil Transmitted Helminths.