Nagpur, Sept 15: Considering the possibility of worms getting into the stomachs of students through unhygienic hands due to contact with soil, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation will conduct a massive public awareness campaign for students to take deworming pills. Deworming Week is being organized from 21st to 28th September. As the school is currently closed, all the students will be given deworming pills through door-to-door hope workers.
Detailed information about this was given in the meeting of the task force held in the Commissioner’s Hall at the Corporation Headquarters on Wednesday (15th). The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Ram Joshi and Additional Medical Health Officer Dr. Narendra Bahirwar, Dr. Vijay Joshi, WHO Survey Officer Sajid Khan, Education Officer Preeti Mishrikotkar, Nodal Officer Dr. Manju Vaidya, Nodal Officer, Covid Vaccination Govardhan Navkhare, Zonal Health Officer Dr. Sunil Kamble, Dr. Bhavana Sonkusale, Dr. Pandey, Dr. Jaitwar, Dr. Preeti, Dr. Khwaja Moinuddin, Dr. Mane, Dr. Dipankar Bhivagade, Dr. Atik Khan, Dr. Bhoyar and Deepali Nasare were present. At this time, the nodal officer Dr. Manju Vaidya informed about the various programs to be implemented during the National Deworming Day, Mop-up Day, and Deworming Week to be observed from 21st to 28th September. This program will be implemented for all children and adolescents in the age group of 6 to 19 years and for children in the age group of 1 to 19 years who do not go to Anganwadi and school and for adolescent boys and girls. As schools and colleges are closed, public awareness about this will be spread through various means. In particular, since online education is open even though the school is not actually open, the teachers should be asked whether the students have taken deworming pills in the online class, Additional Commissioner Ram Joshi said. Covid preventive vaccination is currently underway in Nagpur city. Additional Commissioner Ram Joshi also directed that arrangements should be made to provide deworming tablets at every vaccination center.

Sick children do not get pills
Children who are sick or taking other drugs on the deworming day and mop-up day will not be given the deworming pills. Such children should be given this pill only after recovering from the disease, said Dr. in the meeting of the task force. Manju Vaidya said. He also said that children who have not been given deworming medicine due to absence or illness should be given it on the mop-up day on September 28.

Do’s and Don’ts
Always tell the child to bite the pill so that it does not get stuck in the throat. Children between the ages of 1 and 2 should be given the pill powder, never give it to a sick child. The child should not be instructed to swallow the pill without chewing, the meeting said. In case of side effects, take the child to an open but roofed area and ask him to sleep and rest. Give him clean drinking water. If the symptoms are severe and persist, contact the nearest health center.

What to do to stop worm infections?
Wash hands to prevent worm infections, especially before meals and after using the toilet. Wear sandals and shoes. Drink sterile and clean water. Eat properly cooked food. Wash vegetables and fruits in sterile and clean water. Nails should be trimmed and kept clean regularly. Albendazole is an anthelmintic tablet that is given to children between the ages of 1 and 2 years in half, i.e. 200 mg. If given, children in the age group of 2 to 19 years should be given 400 mg. Give.