Govt deworms over 5.9m school children
03 October 2013, 17:06
Nairobi - The government has been praised for successfully conducting the national school-based de-worming exercise that has seen more than 5.9 million children between 2 and 14 years de-wormed in a span of one year.
Speaking during the official release of the results in Nairobi on Thursday, the director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. S.K. Sharif, commended the government for its commitment towards the project and successfully supporting one of the largest nationwide school-based programme globally.
Sharif said that the first year of the de-worming process has given impressive results which have restored healthy living amongst young school going children adding that schools are the best places to catch up with the young children unlike hospitals where most rarely go.
“I am excited that the programme targets the children who are our single valuable investment as their health guarantees the society the much desired continuity and hope,” said Dr. Sharif.
The director of Basic Education in the country, Margaret Okemo, said that the process will increase efficiency and effectiveness in the education process.
“Ensuring that the children are healthy and able to learn is critical to the effectiveness and efficiency of any education system, which eventually provides a more productive population,” she said.
The National Programme Director of the De-worm the word initiative, Dorothy Anyango, said that her organisation will continue to support the government to eliminate worms which pose a great challenge to the children.
During the entire process, over 28 000 teachers were trained on how to administer de-worming tablets to children. 2 874 district and divisional personnel from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health were also trained on how to implement successful de-worming within their respective districts.
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