Western Visayas braces for war on worms-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) is bracing up for a massive war on worms (WOW) through reduction of soil-transmitted helminthiasers and scaling up helminth control and other neglected tropical diseases in the whole Visayas.
DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial said the health department already started delivery to the provinces of some 2.5 million tablets of albendazole and praziquantel mass drug administration against soil transmitted helminth and schistosomiasis for school children throughout Visayas.
The children will be given the deworming drug twice, first on January 2014 and the second is on July 2014, Ubial said.
DOH, in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), will lead in the mass drug administration in schools, day care centers, and health centers for children with ages two to 16 years old.
Ubial said that deworming is a very effective intervention to improve children’s lives. This must be augmented by environmental sanitation and safe water supply including nail cutting, tooth brushing, removal of lice, and personal hygiene of the children.
The program is covered by the universal health care of President Benigno Aquino III with a target of 10 million poor families in Visayas classified under the National Household Targeting System (NHTS).
In Western Visayas, DOH is honoring WOW champions composed of individuals with outstanding contributions to the success of the program in the province and served as role models in other regions.
The WOW champions are Julian Ambay, DepEd district supervisor of Pandan, Antique; Maripaz Song, Parents-Teachers Association federation president of Guimaras; Myline Cornel, DepEd district supervisor of Calatrava II, Negros Occidental; Dr. Felicito Lozarita, provincial health officer of Guimaras; and Dr. Samuel Delfin, provincial health officer of Capiz.
The WOW partners, on the other hand, are the provincial health offices of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental; city health offices of Bacolod and Iloilo City; and DepEd division of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bacolod, and Iloilo City. (LCP)