The National Deworming Day (NDD) is observed every year on February 10 with the main objective to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool and school-age children across India.
This year 2019, is the fifth edition of the observance of this day after it was launched in 2015 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
The National Deworming Day main goal is to deworm all preschool and school-age children between the ages of 1-19 years in order to improve their overall health, cognitive development, nutritional status and quality of life.
On National Deworming Day, Albendazole tablets are given to all targeted children. In the 2017 year for the first time, deworming tablets were given to the private schools' children also.
Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on 8th Feb 2019 conducted its eighth round of National Deworming Day (NDD) across the country. During the programme, Albendazole tablets were orally administered to pre-school and school-going children in the age group of 1 to 19 years.
As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, 64 percent of the Indian population under 14 years are at risk of such infections. During this round, over 24 Crore Children and Adolescents will be covered.