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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Lagos to embark on deworming school children

Lagos to embark on deworming school children

The Lagos State Ministry of Health Neglected Tropical Diseases unit has disclosed that it will conduct a mass school-based deworming campaign from May 20 to May 24, 2024.

This was as the NTD also said that over 48 million school-age children in Nigeria needed treatment for Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis infection, saying these infections result from poor sanitation and hygiene conditions with the highest prevalence in school-age children.

The aim of the campaign is to target over 1.4m school-age children enrolled in both private and public schools, as well as those out of school.

The school-based deworming is implemented by the Neglected Tropical Disease programme of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, in partnership with the State Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education and Federal Ministry of Health.

Speaking on Friday, during an Interactive stakeholders’ meeting Roseline Dawodu, rhe NTD Coordinator, State Ministry of Health, explained that if Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis was left untreated, it could lead to anemia, malnourishment, and physical impairment that would compromise a child’s educational outcomes and income as an adult.

She said, “The campaign will distribute Mebendazole tablets for preventative treatment of soil-transmitted helminthiasis, administered by over 3,000 well-trained community health workers and teachers, to school-aged children in 10 high burden Local Government Areas; Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Amuwo Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ojo and Shomolu in the state.”

Director Social Mobilisation, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Hazmat Omolaja, also said “Every parent should allow their children to take the deworming drug because it is very important.

"When children take it, they become healthier, and when they are healthy, they pay better attention in class, which enhances learning outcomes.”

 

 

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