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Millions of VN women to be dewormed

Update: August, 25/2015 - 12:00
Students in Ha Noi join in a deworming campaign. Children and women of child-bearing age need to take deworming medicines once every six months in order to prevent diseases caused by worm infections as they are at high risk. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — World Vision in Viet Nam donated five million deworming tablets Albendazole to the National Institute of Malariology Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) at a ceremony today in Ha Noi.

The donation aims to prevent worm infections by periodic deworming of more than five million women of child-bearing age living in 16 provinces of Viet Nam. These provinces are Dien Bien, Son La, Cao Bang, and Yen Bai, as well as Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Thai Nguyen, besides Bac Ninh, Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, and also Dak Lak, Quang Nam, Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh,

"Worm infections have various adverse health impacts such as anemia, micro-nutrient deficiencies, malnutrition and hepatobiliary disease. As a result, physical and mental development of the person is affected," NIMPE Director Tran Thanh Duong said.

"Children and women of child-bearing age need to take deworming medicines once every six months in order to prevent diseases caused by worm infections as they are at high risk," Duong said.

NIMPE is responsible for drug distribution, monitoring and evaluation of the process of mass drug administration. In co-operation with World Vision, NIMPE will conduct behavioural change communication activities during the MDA through grassroots loudspeaker systems to raise awareness about preventing worm infections and the importance of deworming among women.

NIMPE's latest statistics show that nearly half of the total population in Viet Nam has worm infections, with the infection rate in the North-midland and mountainous regions being about 65.3%.

Another survey by NIMPE found that 60 to 80 per cent of women of child-bearing age in Northwestern Viet Nam have hookworm infection, resulting in anemia.

Since 2010, about four million Vietnamese women have received deworming drugs each year. Most of the drugs have been provided by World Vision and the World Health Organisation. — VNS


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