The National Deworming Day (NDD) is being observed across the country today. Children and adolescents in the age group of 1-19 years will be administered single dose of a safe medicine Albendazole in all states and Union Territories on the occasion.
Organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the objective of the day is to deworm children and adolescents to reduce the prevalence of parasitic worms in the intestine. It ensures that the worms are no longer a public health problem.
Talking to All India Radio exclusively, Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan said, Albendazole tablet also takes care of children’s nutritional requirement.