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29th January 2016
IMA also to observe Feb 10 as National Deworming Day
National Deworming Day is a part of the initiative by the Govt. of India to reduce the burden of soil-transmitted parasitic infections in the country. Parasitic infections in children lead to anemia, malnourishment and hamper their mental and physical development.
Recent US studies investigating the impact of worm infections on literacy rates have shown that literacy levels are lowered by 13%, and there is a downward impact on earnings of 43% later in life. Research from Western Kenya has shown that school-based mass deworming programs reduced absenteeism by 25%.
�Children in India,� a 2012 report by the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Govt. of India, states that 19.8% of children under the age of five years are wasted, and 48% of them being malnourished, which showed malnourishment across half of the child population in the country.
On February 10, 2015, National Deworming Day was observed in 11 states and Union Territories including Haryana, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. This year it will cover the whole country. Last year, more than 100 million children at risk of parasitic worms were covered in the program. These children were given chewable Albendazole tablets over 3 days. The medicine was given to children up to the age of 5 years at Anganwadi centers, while children aged between 6 to 19 years were provided medication at all government schools.
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  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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Do not travel to countries at risk of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission if you are pregnant: IMA
New Delhi: Pregnant women should avoid traveling to countries at risk of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, which is strongly suspected of causing microcephaly. In hard-hit Brazil there is a possible link between the virus and Guillain-Barr� syndrome. The list of countries in the travel alert issued by the CDC is as follows:
� The 14 countries and territories earlier identified in Central and South America and the Caribbean are Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
� The CDC added 8 countries and territories to the list; of these, six are in the Caribbean and South America: Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, and Guyana and the two Cape Verde and Samoa, break the geographic pattern. Cape Verde is off the coast of Africa while Samoa is in Polynesia.
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