DOH to deworm over 1 million pupils in WV this July

July 14, 2015 5:28 am 

ILOILO CITY, July 13 -– The Department of Health (DOH) 6 hopes to deworm a total of 1,001,382 pupils enrolled in all elementary public schools in Western Visayas this month.

A simultaneous deworming activity in all schools will be held on July 29 as DOH kicks off for the 2015 National School Deworming Day (NSDD).

The activity's overall goal is to scale-up deworming efforts to reduce Soil-Transmitted Helminth (STH) prevalence rate to 20 percent.

According to DOH 6 Medical Officer III Marie Jocelyn J. Te, the DOH would provide the deworming drugs for every school division while the schools would be responsible for the implementation.

“This activity is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and we base our target of children to deworm on the total number of enrollees of the DepEd”, Te said.

Western Visayas public elementary schools enrollees as of July 2015 is 1,001,382.

DOH will provide the Albendazole 400 milligram chewable deworming drug for children ages 5 to 12 years old(Kindergarten to Grade VI).

During the deworming day, each child will receive one tablet of deworming drug. A parent’s consent of children is needed in order that the child will be allowed to take the deworming drug.

DOH is advising the teachers to record the names of the children who are absent during the NSDD in order that the children should be treated when they return to school.

However, school teachers and clinic teachers will distribute the deworming drugs while the members of the Parent Teachers Community Association (PTCA), Barangay Health Workers, and community health teams will assist in the school deworming.

A monitoring will be held during and week after the NSDD through the use of Rapid Coverage Assessment (RCA) in order to measure the performance of every school. The regional, municipal, and city health office teams will perform the monitoring.

Specifically, the monitoring will identify schools where there are missed school-aged children and take immediate action to deworm them.

Further, in Region VI, the three launching sites of the NSDD will be in the chosen public schools in the provinces of Iloilo, Antique and Negros Occidental.(PNA)

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