1 The FCT Department of Public Health on Tuesday advocated for the support of schools, community and religious leaders to disseminate and encourage participation of children for the annual school deworming programme.
3 Abdrahman, represented by Dr Eunice Ogundipe, the Head, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Unit in the department, stressed the need for the involvement of all stakeholders to ensure success of the exercise.
4 “We solicit stakeholders support, cooperation, collaboration and active participation in ensuring the success of the forthcoming school deworming programme through timely and adequate dissemination of information to FCT residents,” he said.
5 He added that the deworming drugs was for the prevention of schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms that lives in fresh water.
7 “Our active participation is necessary because we all have a role to play in the school deworming exercise.
8 “The drugs are free, available for children above five years and some adults to curtail the spread of schistosomiasis and improve the health of our people, especially the children,” she said.
9 She therefore encouraged the public to ensure children were well fed before taking the medication, adding that the school feeding exercise by the federal government was part of efforts to improve the health and nutritional value of children.
10 Meanwhile, Dr Johnson Onyemah, the Consultant on School Feeding, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said over 54,000 schools nationwide were participating from the programme.
15 According to her, symptoms include bloody urine and stool, ache, poor appetite, fever, chills, cough and many others.
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