States show reduction in Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH)

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  • October 22, 2020
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States show reduction in Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Sci & Tech

In news

  • Recently, Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH) was in news.
  • Several states have shown reduction in the infection.

Important value additions

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH)

  • It is also known as parasitic intestinal worm infection.
  • It is known to have detrimental effects on children’s physical growth and well-being and can cause anaemia and under-nutrition.
  • Regular deworming is advised by the WHO.
  • It eliminates worm infestation among children and adolescents living in areas with high STH burden.
  • In India, there were an estimated 64% children in the age group (1-14 years) at risk of STH as per WHO Report on STH published in 2012.
  • The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) completed the baseline STH mapping across the country by the end of 2016. 
  • The data showed varied prevalence ranging from 12.5 % in Madhya Pradesh to 85% in Tamil Nadu.

Do you know?

  • The National Deworming Day (NDD) was launched in 2015.
  • Ministry: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Education and technical assistance from WHO
  • It is implemented as a biannual single day programme implemented through the platforms of schools and anganwadis.

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