Ifugao PHO aims for 100% mass deworming
LAGAWE, Ifugao– The Provincial Health Office (PHO) wants that every child in the province will be dewormed to promote a better health and performance in the school and the community.
“We are aiming for a 100% accomplishment with the help of other healthcare providers like the school nurses, personnel of rural health units and barangay health stations and health workers,” Yvone Indunan of the PHO said.
In 2019, the PHO recorded a 98% accomplishment on deworming.
To reinforce prevention and control of soil-transmitted helminths and eliminate intestinal parasitism in children that have impact on their growth and development, the Department of Health initiated the National Deworming Month (NDM).
The NDM is a twice a year campaign held during the months of January and July where the DOH, in partnership with schools and local government units (LGUs) distribute anti-helminthic drugs, Indunan said.
The NDM has two components-the National School Deworming Month (NSDM) and Community-Based Deworming Month (CBDM).
NSDM involves the massive and simultaneous school-based effort to deworm public school children ages 5-18 years old while CBDM is about deworming of pre-school children ages 1-4 years old and school-aged children not enrolled in public schools through the health units in private schools under the LGUs.
Indunan said there is also a selective deworming to cater to the health needs of pregnant women, adolescent females and special groups like food handlers and operators, farmers, soldiers and indigenous people.
She explained that mass deworming of children promotes health and development because worm infection can affect their physical growth and learning abilities and can cause complications if not treated.
Soil-transmitted helminthes(STH) or intestinal parasitism are transmitted to human beings through contaminated soil, unclean hands or utensils, food exposed to houseflies, unclean drinking water and not using of sanitary toilets.
Signs and symptoms of worm infection include abdominal enlargement and pain, weight loss, anemia, malnutrition, loss of appetite and slow physical development.
In order not to be inflicted with STH, Indunan advised the public to use sanitary toilets, wash hands before eating and after using toilet, wear slippers or shoes, observe hygienic food preparation with safe water, cut finger nails and regular deworming every six months. **JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao