Child-IDPs wage war against intestinal worms in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 January 2014 14:47

Hundreds of children at theSta Maria Elementary School evacuation center received 36 boxes of hygiene kits to wage a  campaign against worm infection and dental carries by institutionalizing daily toothbrushing and daily handwashing  with soap.

Through the generosity of GIZ and the Committee of German Doctors, Fit for School, a non-government organization,  the distribution of hygiene kits will benefit displaced families affected by last year’s armed confrontation between soldiers and MNLF rebels in Zamboanga City.

With more than 100,000 individuals from conflict-affected villages placed in evacuation centers, diarrhea and flu become real risks especially for young children.

Fit for School International and partners swiftly responded to help prevent the outbreak of the child-related diseases in the temporary shelters.

Representing Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco, Councilor Abubakar led the ceremonial turnover of hygiene kits in Sta. Maria and Tetuan Central Elementary Schools, which serve as a home for displaced families.

Abubakar said the hygiene kits, which include toothpaste, toothbrush and bath soap, will significantly reduce cases of diarrhea and flu in the centers.

Fit for School Regional Project Officer Noel Tarrazona also conducted a ‘personal hygiene education drive’ to demonstrate the proper way of handwashing and brushing of teeth.

This was in line with Fit for School, UNICEF, and Abubakar’s plans to strengthen Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in day care centers in Zamboanga City to address the growing cases of dental carries and diarrhea in preschools and day care centers.

Tarrazona cited that 97% of Filipino children suffer from dental carries and, toothache is the leading cause of absenteeism in public schools.