National De-Worming Day

National de-worming day



National Deworming Day was launched by the government in 2015  to deworm all children between 1 and 19.

The National Deworming Day is observed in all states and union territories on February 10 every year, with a mop-up day on February 15. Some states also conduct a bi-annual round on August 10, depending on the worm prevalence in their state.

National Deworming Day 2023:

It is observed on 10 February to raise awareness about the importance of this.

The purpose behind celebrating the deworming day is to reduce the prevalence of Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH), commonly known as parasitic intestinal worms, among all children and adolescents.

How does worm infection cause in children?

Worm infection can be caused due to various factors in children including lack of personal hygiene, uncooked and contaminated food, and excess sweets and junk food consumption.

What are the symptoms?

– Abdominal pain
– Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
– Gas/bloating
– Fatigue
– Unexplained weight loss
– Abdominal pain or tenderness.

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