February 10: National Deworming Day 2016

Date: February 10, 2016

albendezole Health Ministry of Human Resource Development

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Government of India is implementing the National Deworming Day in schools and preschools (anganwadis) across India on 10 February 2016. 

To combat parasitic worm infections among preschool (anganwadi) and school-age children, albendezole 400 mg chewable tablets will be administered to children at government, government-aided, and private schools, and anganwadis. Out-of-school children will be administered the deworming tablet at anganwadis.

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The goal of National Deworming Day is to deworm all preschool and school-age children between the ages of 1-19 years at schools and anganwadi centres in order to improve their overall health, nutritional status, cognitive development, and quality of life.

National Deworming Day is led by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The Department of School Education and Literacy under the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Women and Child Development collaborate to implement the National Deworming Day. Other key stakeholders are: the Ministries of Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Tribal Affairs, Rural Development, and Urban Development.