11:00 am, Local Time
The Regional Deworming Exercise aimed at reducing intestinal infection in school-age children, kicks off Monday in Primary and Secondary Schools in the Littoral.
Teachers will school the pupils and students on what the diseases are, the risk behaviours, how infections develop, advantages of regular deworming, ways to avoid bilharzia and intestinal worms, and possible side effects, before administering the drugs on the school-age children.
‘The Different children will queue up to register their names in a form provided by the Institution. A dose pose of Praziquantel will be established to determine the number of tablets that will be given to each child. Each Child will be given a tablet of Mebendazole (or Albendazole) and a glass of pure water to ease swallowing’. Joseph NDJOH, regional co-ordinator of the campaign Testifies.
The Public Health and Basic Education Regional Delegations have taken measures to deworm children who do not go to school. The side effects are more likely to occur if the drugs are taken on an empty stomach, so parents are called upon to give their siblings something to eat before taking the drugs.
Deworming Campaign Activities round off in Primary and Secondary schools thursday, April 19th, 2012.