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Pupils in Vihiga set for de-worming

06 June 2013, 13:11 Dareel Eric

Children aged between 2 and 12 years in Vihiga County are set to benefit from a de-worming programme that is aimed at enhancing their health while at school.

The programme that has been rolled out by the Ministries of Education and Health in the region will take place in a period of several months in all the schools in the region.

Speaking to journalists after initiating the programme on Wednesday, County Director of Education Pamela Akello said that it is a start to having healthy pupils who will learn effectively without distractions that are caused by sickness.

“If our children are healthy, they will be able to learn well and thus help teachers to get rid of the absentees who seek medical attention every other time,” said Akello.

She said that teachers in most schools usually struggle to have a full class because of the diseases that are preventable which make students to stay out of school often.

The programme will also help capture those who are not in school because it will be administered to those who are at home too.

July 19 is the date that is set for all the schools in the region to conduct the de-worming process which will go on over a period of unspecified time.

“Children aged 13 years and upwards will be de-wormed at a later date that will be communicated to the schools through the Ministry of Education,” said Akello.

She added that many children experience stunted growth due to infestation by the worms and thus parents need to be educated on proper nutrition and at the same time be helped with medicines that help in de-worming.

Currently, the sub-County heads and education officials from the various regions are receiving trained on how to administer the drugs.

“The trained heads will go into the schools and train teachers so that everyone in the society does it collectively so as to identify and treat early signs immediately,” she said.

County Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Lutta who was at the function said that the Ministry of Health is dedicated towards ensuring that there exists a healthy nation.

“We shall do our best to help the children at their early ages because they are the base of the society and their health cannot be compromised at whatever costs,” he said.

He said that the community must be mobilised so that children who are out of school and are accessible can receive the de-worming drugs.    

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