February 10 is the date when the Government of India observes National Deworming Day annually. The initiative is aimed at deworming all children between the ages of 1 and 19 across the nation.
Intestinal worms are parasites that live in the human intestines for survival and food. These worms consume the nutrients intended for the human body and can cause poor nutrition, blood loss, and growth stunting.
On National Deworming Day, both enrolled and unenrolled children in the 1-19 age group can receive treatment for intestinal worms from government and government-aided schools' teachers and Anganwadi Workers annually.