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Monday, July 25, 2016

NSDD 2016 benefited more than 500,000 school children in Region 9

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - A total of 512,130 or 81.28 of school children in Region 9 have benefited from the National School Deworming Day conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) on January 27 this year.

This was disclosed by Ms. Maria Raiza C. Anino of DOH-9 during the media forum held at Mibang Hotel, this city recently.

According to Anino, 512,130 of the targeted 630,074 Kinder to Grade 6 school children in public schools in the Zamboanga Peninsula were given “anti-bulate” medication during its implementation of the program this year.

Of this number, 133,133 were from Zamboanga del Sur;Pagadian City-26,647;  Zamboanga Sibugay-100,410; Zamboanga City-69,058; Isabela City-15,268; Zamboanga del Norte-140,201; Dapitan City-12,286 and Dipolog City -18,127.

The month-long deworming activity, done every January and July aims to improve  the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) to 85 percent coverage of target population and decrease soil transmitted helminthiasis cases which causes weakness, decreased appetite, decreased  IQ and  anemia.

Anino admitted that the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadhan which lasted until the early part of July somewhat affected the implementation of the program, however, according to her, she noted positive development after the celebration.

She likewise cautioned the parents not to over-react on the possible effect of the medicine to the child, as it is just normal.

Anino reminded all concerned to ensure that the deworming is only administered to a child with full stomach. She assured that Albendazole is safe and not expired as alleged. It has been recommended by the World Health Organization due to its widest range of curative activity and proven effective against all kinds of worms. It is safe and easy to administer by a non-health worker.

DOH-9, in its 2015 NSDD Accomplishment Report stated that only 460,418 children or 65.92% of its 698,429 target were treated. Apart from being far from its target, it has also registered an adverse effect report of 6,235 cases.

Anino attributed the high number of adverse effects recorded in Zamboanga del Nortedue to lack of information campaign on the conduct of the deworming activity- that it should only be given to a child with full stomach and the abdominal pain is just but a normal reaction.