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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oplan Goodbye Bulate kicks off in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 27 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) in the Bicol region joined the National School Deworming Day together with the Department of Education as it launched today the Oplan: Goodbye Bulate program at Bacolod Elementary School in Juban Sorsogon together with simultaneous deworming held in various public schools in the region.

The DOH has integrated Schistosomiasis mass drug administration administering albendazole (400mg) as deworming medicine for children in the community aged 1-4 years old and students from Kinder to Grade VI classes enrolled in all public elementary schools in the region.

“DOH will administer albendazole (400mg) which is proven safe and effective and as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and inspected by the Food and Drug Administration. This medicine is used worldwide and have been through extensive safety testing and have been used with few and minor side-effects,” said DOH Bicol director Dr. Napoleon L. Arevalo.

Arevalo said deworming is a strategy endorsed by the WHO in combating the burden of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) infection which can cause poor physical growth and poor intellectual development in children. It can also result to anemia and malnutrition not only in children but among women of child bearing age as well.

STH infection is caused by different species of parasitic worms transmitted by eggs present in human feces which in turn contaminate the soil in areas where sanitation is poor.

Arevalo added that the Bicol region ranked second among regions in the country with high STH morbidity rate with most cases coming from Sorsogon.

“In 2015, Bicol region is second to the highest in STH morbidity rate in the country which is six out of ten children with Sorsogon taking lead with the most cases,” he said.

For this year Arevalo stressed that the DOH in the region is strengthening its campaign to bring down STH cases in the region through intensified collaboration with the DepEd where teachers are given proper orientation on the administration of the drug.

The parents are likewise urged to support the program by signing the consent forms of their children to take the medicine noting that it will help scale up efforts in improving service delivery among children in Bicol.

Arevalo further reminded parents and teachers of proper administration of the deworming drug.

“The parents and teachers must make sure that the children have their stomachs full before taking the medicine. It is also important that it is taken in the morning so that teachers and parents have time to observe for possible reactions,” he noted.

Among the symptoms associated with deworming are mild dizziness, vomiting, abdominal pain and headache.

DOH Bicol has dewormed 76% of enrolled students from public schools held July 29, 2015 as part of the DOH bi-annual free deworming of school children nationwide to combat the risk of STH infections.

Last year’s NSDD dewormed 80% or 11,470,245 students out of 14,740,075 total enrolled students.

 For more information, the public is advised to coordinate with health workers and school teachers in their communities.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571453880292/oplan-goodbye-bulate-kicks-off-in-bicol#sthash.Nqh4spM7.dpuf

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