Gangtok, 08 Feb (IPR): Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim observed National De-worming Day at Lumsey Junior High School today.
The Minister for Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department, Mr Arjun Kumar Ghatani, graced the occasion as chief guest in special presence of Mission Director, National Health Mission, Dr Bimal K. Rai, Director, Dr Jigme Tobgay, health officials, school staff and students. Mr. Ghatani administered albandazole tablet to the children to begin the daylong de-worming campaign for the State of Sikkim.
The campaign was launched in Feb 2015 as a part of National Health Mission with the aim to de-worm all children from 01-19 years of age and is observed two times a year at 6 months interval. In Sikkim, HC, HS & FW Department has also been observing the day every year since 2016.
Addressing the students, Mr Ghatani drew lights on availability of governmental facilities of free education system up-to university level in the State of Sikkim.
He encouraged students to do hard work to get selected in most admired scheme of Chief Minister’s Meritorious scholarship schemes and Dr BR Ambedkar Scholarship Scheme to grab the opportunity to study in renowned Public Schools in the country at the expanses of Government of Sikkim.
He also urged students to take benefit of studying at the State capital.He urged them to be joyful and stress free to live a healthy life.
The Minister also informed on various initiatives of the Health Department envisioned by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling including Proud Mother Scheme, financial assistance of Rs. 3000/- to TB/MDR Patients, initiation of HPV Vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, CATCH Programme, etc.
He also urged school administration to visit 1000-bedded Multi Speciality Hospital at Sichey along with the students.
Earlier, Additional Director-cum-SIO, Dr. Phumjey Bhutia, gave an overview on the importance of National De-worming Day and informed that the children from one to five years of age will be provided albandazole tablet at Anganwadi centres and 6 to 19 years of age at their respective schools. A total of one lakh and sixty four thousands (approx.) of targeted beneficiaries are expected to be covered in daylong State wide campaign. If any child missed today’s dose, they must be de-wormed on mop-up day that falls on 14 Feb 2019, she informed.