Bhubaneswar, Feb 5 (LocalWire) As many as 1.30 crore children in the age group of 1 to 19 year will receive de-worming tablets on Feb 8, said a top Odisha government official on Tuesday.
Family Welfare Department Director Dr. Lingaraj Mishra said government, private, government approved hospitals and anganwadis will distribute the tablets.
Children failing to reach the nearest hospital or anganwadi due to illness can consume the tablets on Feb 14, Dr Mishra said.
In a press conference jointly organised by Health & Family Welfare Department and UNICEF, Dr Mishra said, “Children between 9 months to 5 years will also be given vitamin tonic.”
Regular de-worming improves children’s immunity against diseases like Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and malnutrition.
Health and School & Mass Education Department and Scheduled Tribes Development Department will jointly organise the drive.
As children above 2 years of age will be given de-worming tablets along with filariasis medication in Anugul, Bhadrak, Ganjam and Nayagada districts.
“In these districts, only children between one to two years will be given de-worming medication,” an official said.
On the eve of Village Health & Nutrition Day, Vitamin-K tonic will be provided to children between 9 months to 5 years in all districts of Odisha.
School teachers, female health workers, anganwadi workers and Asha Karmis will be trained on the medication procedures.
Non-school going children will be given medication at their homes by anganwadi workers, an official said.