Bulacan PHO emphasizes the importance of deworming
Friday, 18 July 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS – In accordance to the celebration of Deworming Month this July, the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Provincial Public Health Office points out the importance of regular deworming of children to prevent helminth infection and malnutrition in the province.
Based on the studies, six out of seven young students have worms in their stomachs particularly the pre-school children ages 2-5 years old and school children ages 6-12 years old making Philippines as one of the endemic countries affected by the disease called helminthiasis.
“Dapat lang na ating ipaalam ang kahalagahan ng pagpupurga sa mga bata dahil ang kanilang nutrisyon ang dapat nating pakaingatan laban sa mga bulateng nasa loob ng kanilang mga tiyan na isa sa mga sanhi ng malnutrisyon,” Gob. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said.
The said infection is caused by worms such as tapeworm, thread worm and round worm that are transmitted by ingestion of contaminated food or foods containing eggs of worms from human stool.
“Hindi dapat nating ipagsawalang-bahala ang ganitong uri ng sakit sa mga kabataan at kaylangang paalalahanan ang mga magulang na siguradong mapurga ang kanilang mga anak upang maiwasan ang bulate sa komunidad,” Alvarado added.
Meanwhile, the health offices in the province are still in strict monitoring of intestinal parasitism cases caused by worms that absorb nutrients in the human body.
PPHO also reminds the parents to maintain a clean environment and to teach their children good personal hygiene particularly proper hand washing.
Besides giving advisory, the PPHO will also intensify the campaign against helminth infection through free deworming treatment to school children that will kick-off in Pulilan Elementary School on July 31, 2014 and will proceed to 400 schools in the province. ###