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June 26, 2021 Saturday 12:54:49 PM IST

Deworming in Pregnancy Good for Baby

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Mothers receiving deworming treatment during pregnancy have a 14% reduced risk of their child dying within first four weeks of birth, according to a research report released by World Health Organisation. The results are based on 800,000 birth histories from 1998 to 2018 in 56 low income nations. Another benefit is that treating pregnant women with anthelminthic medicines can avoid low birthweight. Approximately 688 million girls and adult women of reproductive age live in areas which are endemic for intestinal worms, in more than 100 countries. The greatest number is found in sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas and Asia where reinfection is frequent in areas of high transmission.

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