he county Health and sanitation department has embarked on a countywide deworming exercise in primary schools following this year’s national mass deworming.
The National school Based Deworming Program (NSBDP), supported by Evidence Action in collaboration with MOE and MOH is currently being implemented in 27 counties, Kisumu being one of them.
The administration of intestinal worm infestations and bilharzias is part of efforts to reduce the burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which have become endemic in many parts of the country.
The department of health has also intensified public education on NTDs as public sensitization and education are major tools for the eradication of the NTDs. Communities are also entreated to adhere strictly to basic sanitation principles, such as the washing of hands with soap under running water.
The County M&E in collaboration with the MOH team stepped up supervision of the exercise in the 7 sub-counties. This is part of the School Health Program coordinated by the County Health Promotion Coordinator Mr. Jeremiah Ongwara.
The exercise is targeting 390 thousand schoolchildren aged 2-14 years old across the county to help increase their immunity against the two NTDs in particular.
Provision has also been made to ensure that children who fall within the target group but are not in school are included in the exercise.
By Matilda Atieno