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The school-based deworming exercise going-on in both Private and Public Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in Ogun State was recently flagged-off at St. Ann’s Primary School, Ibara Abeokuta by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker. The exercise is scheduled for Tuesday 17th- Monday 23rd November, 2020.
In her keynote address, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker stated that deworming children would improve their well- being and enhance good development of their body system. She highlighted some of the benefits of deworming, which include normal growth, good retention, elimination of harmful worms from the body and general well-being of the children. She ascertained that the deworming tablets are safe, free and good for the health of the children. She instructed that it must be given to children within the age bracket of 5 and 14 years.
She further stated that “regular deworming will go a long way in protecting our Children mentally and physically, loss of School days, vulnerability to Malaria and other diseases. Although deworming is not a highly celebrated health activity, its significance cannot be over emphasized’’
Addressing the gathering, the Board Secretary Mr. Wasiu Olalekan Kuye, represented by the Director, Social Mobilization, Mr. Olusegun Alade appreciated the Ministry of Health for the support and good initiative on the Health of School Children through their Bi-annual School-Based Deworming Exercise for the year 2020 across basic schools both Private and Public in the State. He urged the Ministry for more health related programmes in order to ensure adequate healthy living of learners in the state.