States show reduction in Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH)
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23rd Oct, 2020
- Several states have shown reduction in Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH) infection.
- 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.