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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Parents’ support to NSDD noted in Pagadian City
By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY, Jan. 29 (PIA) – The preparations made by health and education personnel for the conduct of the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) last Wednesday have paid off.

Learning from the July 29, 2015 school deworming debacle that some 200 students from the different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula were rushed to the hospitals and health centers for dizziness and vomiting after taking the deworming tablets, the Department of Health (DOH) together with the Department of Education (DepEd) has ensured that proper information about deworming and its adverse reactions on children be properly disseminated to the parents and students.

DOH-9 personnel also conducted a series of media forums on the NSDD in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and ZamboangaSibugay weeks before the scheduled deworming day.

School Principal Jocelyn Perez of the Pagadian Pilot School said in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that the schools had also conducted parents’ orientation on the NSDD with emphasis on its benefits to their children.

Perez also disclosed that the schools had required the schoolchildren to have a full breakfast to avoid any adverse reaction after taking the deworming tablet.

“All schools started with a mass feeding before giving the children the deworming pills, Dr. Agnes Fernando, provincial head of the Zamboanga del Sur DOH office said.

Fernando also encouraged the parents whose children have not yet been dewormed to visit the health centers to avail of free deworming tablets.

“We would like to achieve 85 percent of our accomplishment [in the NSDD] or more than that,” Fernando maintained.

For his part, Romeo Cirilo, president of Parents and Teachers Association at Tomas Sagun Elementary School in this city also expressed his gratitude to the DOH for spearheading a deworming program.

NSDD is an annual deworming activity conducted by the DOH in all public schools for pupils from kinder to grade six every last Wednesday of January and July