Simultaneous feeding, deworming set Jan. 27 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:12

By VIC LARATO

The Department of Health (DOH) regional office 9 announced on Monday that the agency will once again conduct the nationwide deworning activity among schoolchildren all over the country on Jan. 27, this time it will be preceded by a feeding program.

Speaking at the press briefing in City Hall last Monday, Dr. Sitti Amilasan of DOH 9 said all school heads and the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) officials have been directed to conduct simultaneous feeding program at 8 a.m. on Jan 27 to ensure that all schoolchildren will have full stomach at least two hours before taking the deworning medicine between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. of said date.

This, Dr. Amilisan explained, is to prevent adverse effects on the children when administered with the deworming medicine.

The side adverse effects of the medicine include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and erratic worm migration, which is mild and transient.

“However, not all children will experience these side adverse effects. Only those, who have not taken their meal or breakfasts for the deworming activity,” Amilasan said, even as she advised parents to make sure their children have taken their full meals (breakfast) before sending them to school on Jan. 27.

She likewise assured the public that the deworming medicine to be administered on schoolchildren this coming Jan. 27 is safe, effective and non-expired, having passed the quality check of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

To recall, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a memorandum circular dated Dec. 21, 2015, mandating all provincial governors, city mayors, municipal mayors, DILG regional directors, including the ARMM governor to support and facilitate the DOH Deworming Activities 2016.

The program, which started last year, is carried out due to the high prevbalence of children affected by intestinal parasitic infections, resulting from the soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) or intestinal worms, which can cause poor physical growth, poor intellectual development, and impaired cognitive functions in children.

The DOH further warned that the consequences of chronic worm infections are widespread and devastating and can result in anemia and malnutrition not only on children but also in women of child-bearing age.

The DOH has targeted to deworm 6 million pupils nationwide since 2015, the first round of the activity that was marred by a controversy, particularly in Zamboanga del Sur, arising from the alleged expired medicine.— Vic Larato