Government school students to be given free medicine for de-worming

Chandigarh/May 8
Nearly 28 lakh students of Punjab’s government and government aided schools will be given first dose of Albendazole tablet for De-worming on May 10 while second dose will be given on November 15, 2013.
Pinjab Health and Family Welfare minister Madan Mohan Mittal said that government school students will be given first dose of Albendazole tablet for De-worming on May 10 and the second dose would be given on November 15, 2013.
Mittal said that May 10 and November 15 of each year would be observed as De-worming days. He urged parents of the children studying in these schools to ensure that their children must get this de-worming dose in their schools.
Miital further said that medical checkup of children studying in government and government aided schools is conducted twice a year and children found suffering with any ailments are given free treatment in government hospitals. “Children suffering from eye- sight problems are given spectacles free of cost and during the year 2012-13, 55,664 spectacles were given to such children. Children suffering with heart ailments are provided free treatment through government and other empanelled hospitals and 1913 such children have been referred for treatment out of which 965 children have already undergone surgeries at a cost of Rs 864 lakh,” Mittal added.
Similarly, free of cost treatment is also being provided for children suffering from Cancer, and 318 such children have been referred till now at an expenditure of Rs. 360 lakhs and the treatment is in progress. Children found suffering from Thallesemia are given free treatment (Chillation therapy) through 6 Thallesemic Societies. 148 such children are already undergoing treatment and till now Rs. 11 lakh has already been spend for the purpose, he added.
As per NFHS-3 survey, 55% children in the country are anaemic and problem of anaemia is also prevalent among the school children of Punjab. The reason behind anaemia are mainly malnutrition and worms in the stomach and children suffering anaemia feel fatigued and also remain irritated and hence unable to concentrate on studies and also suffer with weak memory and other growth related problem etc.