ଲBerhampur, Sept 21 (LocalWire): The health administration in Ganjam district on Monday distributed deworming pills to children aged below 19 years as part of the national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from affecting their mental and physical development.
Distribution of albendazole tablets will be done till September 26, which will benefit over 8.86 lakh children across the district, said chief district medical officer of Ganjam, Uma Shankar Mishra.
While the 400-mg tablets would be provided to the children of ages between 3 to 19 years, syrups will be given to the children below three years.
The CDMO launched the distribution programme from here.
Since all the schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pills would be distributed to the parents of the children, who will feed it to their kids in the presence of the drug distributors, said deputy manager, reproductive child health (DMRCH) Shakti Kumar Digal.
Last year, around 98 percent of the children been administered the pills. As the schools are closed, the tablets would be distributed to the children through door to door visits, he said
More than 6000 drug distributors, including ANM (416), ASHA (2011) and Anganwadi workers (3740) have been engaged for distribution of the pills.
In some places, school teachers have also engaged to help in the distribution, sources said.
Risks of anemia, malnourishment, physical and mental development of the children are increased due to worms, said doctors.
The infection risk is mainly due to unclean drinking water, poor hygiene and lack of proper toilets.
The chewable pill is safe and easily administered.
Within a few days, the pill flushes the worms out of the body, added the CDMO.