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Friday, January 22, 2016

Free deworming to schoolchildren slated Jan. 27
By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) will administer free deworming to all schoolchildren  from kindergarten to grade 6 with ages 5 to 12 years old in all public schools in the country come Jan. 27.

In a recent media forum here, Dr. Meriam Indin, regional health coordinator of DepEd-9 said the conduct of the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) aims to reduce cases of children affected with worms locally known as “bulate” which causes weakness, loss of appetite, decrease in IQ and anemia among children.

Dr. Indin disclosed that abendazole 400mg is the drug of choice of DOH for the deworming, because it has a wide range of curative activity and is effective against all worms, it is safe and easy to administer and even was recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

If in case there is an adverse reaction on children after taking the drug, the DOH has recommended that referrals must only be done in government hospitals.

“In Zamboanga del Sur the hospitals identified are the Margosatubig Regional Hospital in Margosatubig and the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center at Dao, this city,” Indin pointed out.

All Rural Health Units (RHUs) in every municipalities and cities were also coordinated and oriented about the activity and are ready to assist, she added.

Indin emphasized, “that the deworming will  be administered to a child only after two hours of full meal.” With this note, she encouraged all parents that on Jan. 27, their children should have a full meal before going to school.

To ensure that the children will have a full stomach, DepEd will provide feeding prior to the deworming activity, while DOH will augment some snacks for the children on the same day.

Meanwhile, Dr. Indin reported that in Zamboanga Peninsula there are 1,169 public elementary schools that will be dewormed on the said date, 657 of them are from the Zamboanga del Sur division.

On the other hand, Ms. Dhalia Aseñero of the Integrated Provincial Health Office said children aged 1 to 4 years old will be dewormed in April and October this year during the Garantisadong Pambata activity.