States show reduction in Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH)
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Sci & Tech
- 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.