School-based Deworming Initiative Will Boost Children's Academic Performance - Health Commissioner,Coker - AMEBO NEWSPAPERS NG.


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School-based Deworming Initiative Will Boost Children's Academic Performance - Health Commissioner,Coker

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The Ogun State Government has described the ongoing school-based deworming exercise as an initiative that will improve the well-being of children in the state, irrespective of their various background.  

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker made this known at the flag-off of the second phase of the State's biannual school-based deworming exercise for year 2020 in Abeokuta. 

Coker said that worms constitute a major cause of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the country, saying 25% of NTDs cases in Africa are found in Nigeria. 

She said that despite the low mortality associated with NTDs, the disease burden comes with negative socio-economic consequences for residents, emphasizing the impact of worms on children's well-being. 

"Regular deworming will go a long way in protecting our children from impaired mental and physical growth, loss of school days, vulnerability to malaria and other diseases. Although deworming is not a highly celebrated health activity, its significance cannot be overemphasized," She said.

The Commissioner said the Prince Dapo  Abiodun government's vision for the health sector is to make qualitative and affordable healthcare accessible to all citizens of the State, especially children and their mothers.

She added that the Ministry of Health will collaborate with the Ministry of Education to fine-tune fixed for deworming of school-age children in the state's annual activities.

The Guest Lecturer, Head of Department, Community Medicine and Primary Care Development, Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Dr. Imhonopi Gloria Bosede, said that more than 1 -in-4 persons in Sub-Saharan Africa have intestinal worms, noting that a dewormed child will not endanger his contacts and the community at large.

Present at the event were the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, Special Advisers to the Governor on Health and Education, Dr. Tayo Lawal and Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Health and Education, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde and Mrs. Olaseni Ogunleye, the Senior Special Assistants to the Governor on Health, Dr. Omolayo Fred-Omojole, Dr. Ololade Kehinde among others.

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