The Obuasi East District Health Directorate is preparing to deworm over 24,000 schoolchildren in the district as part of a comprehensive nationwide deworming initiative in schools.
Officials from the District Health and Education Directorates, along with the Chief Executive of the Obuasi East District, Faustina Amissah, came together to administer Praziquantel (600mg) and Albendazole (400mg) doses to each child at St. Joseph School in Wawase.
To support the campaign, the Obuasi East District Assembly and the Member of Parliament for the Obuasi East constituency, Dr. Patrick Boakye Yiadom, generously donated sachets of water for each child.
The primary goal of this campaign is to promote the well-being of school-age children by targeting parasitic infections that can hinder their growth and overall health. The medicines will be administered under the strict supervision of teachers and local health workers at the respective schools.
Faustina Amissah, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Obuasi East, encouraged active participation from the students and urged parents to support and engage their children in the deworming exercise.
She emphasized the interconnectedness of community health, stating that programs like these not only contribute to individual well-being but also create a healthier and more resilient society. The DCE expressed gratitude to all those involved and underscored the significance of working together to ensure the success of programs that directly impact the well-being of our communities.
Health professionals who were present at St. Joseph School stressed the importance of preventive measures to safeguard against parasitic infections. The campaign also included educational sessions to raise awareness among students, teachers, and parents about the significance of regular deworming in maintaining optimal health.
The District Disease Control officer Solomon Aduhene expressed the Directorate’s commitment to extending the deworming program to various schools across the district, stating the need for a collective effort to promote the health and well-being of school children.
” The initiative aligns with the government’s broader healthcare goals, particularly in addressing preventable diseases and improving overall public health”.
He also stated that the main objective of the initiative is to provide deworming medication to all school children, from Kindergarten 1 to Junior High School 3. The aim is to improve the health of school-age children, specifically targeting cases of anaemia. The prescribed medications, praziquantel for combating schistosomiasis and albendazole for addressing various worm infections, are intended to reduce anaemia and malnutrition among the targeted demographic. The administration of these drugs is strategically aimed at minimizing anaemia cases in children.
Kwabena Owusu Nketia, the District Director of Education, emphasized the importance of annual deworming as a crucial practice for both students and individuals. He highlighted that many diseases stem from worm infections, which are often overlooked by parents. He mentioned that the government’s initiative aims to involve every student in Obuasi East.
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Additionally, he emphasized that the primary goal of the initiative is to provide deworming medication to all school children, ranging from Kindergarten 1 to Junior High School 3. The ultimate objective is to enhance the overall health of school-age children, with a specific focus on addressing cases of anaemia. To achieve this, the prescribed medications, praziquantel for combating schistosomiasis and albendazole for addressing various worm infections, have been carefully selected. These medications aim to alleviate anaemia and malnutrition among the targeted demographic. The strategic administration of these drugs is intended to significantly reduce the prevalence of anaemia in children.
Furthermore, Kwabena Owusu Nketia, the District Director of Education, underscored the significance of annual deworming as a critical practice for both students and individuals. He emphasized that worm infections are often the root cause of many diseases, a fact that is frequently overlooked by parents.
“This comprehensive approach covers all 26 primary schools and 20 kindergarten schools, with a specific focus on KG 2 and 19 primary schools, excluding private institutions”.
He also underscored the anticipated positive outcome: ensuring every child undergoes deworming, emphasizing the crucial role of this health intervention.