Creating awareness on diarrhoea

Staff Reporter

Rotary International to promote usage of zinc tablets and ORS for tackling

the disease

NEW DELHI: Rotary International will work with the Union and State governments to increase awareness on the usage of zinc tablets and ORS for tackling diarrhoea in the country.

In order to highlight the importance of combating diarrhoea, November 15 will be observed as “zinc and ORS diwas” wherein 40 awareness camps will be organised across Delhi and the National Capital Region aimed at educating the general public about the killer disease.

India National Polio Plus Society chairman Deepak Kapur said: “The main objective of our programme is to bring awareness about the rampant incidences of diarrhoea in the rural and urban masses and educate them of the zinc tablets and ORS available in the market. The disease is still an endemic in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and children in these regions are increasingly vulnerable because of the poor sanitation, malnourishment, and contaminated drinking water available.”

He added: “Diarrhoea kills nearly 500,000 children in the country every year. It is very important for people to know and understand that there have been remedies devised to counter the problem. Zinc and ORS together act as a major deterrent for diarrhoea and are at the same time cost effective.”

Rotary International has also tied up with the Indian Academy of Paediatrics to make the campaign successful. Former Indian Academy of Paediatrics president Dr. Naveen Thacker said: “The ORS-zinc campaign will help in speedy recovery from diarrhoea. In addition, one possible reason for polio virus persistence in States like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is high diarrhoeal incidence. Each diarrhoeal episode causes damage to intestinal mucosa and hampers its absorption capacity for a long time which interferes with vaccine uptake, making these children susceptible to polio virus.”

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