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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012


DOH-8 deworms Grades 1-6

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 6 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas is set to conduct the first round of deworming of Grades 1-6 schoolchildren this month, director Edgardo Gonzaga said.

Gonzaga said that the DOH team, with the Department of Education (DepEd), will be overseeing the first round of deworming of schoolchildren.

The DOH director also said that this is part of the Expanded Garantisadong Pambata Program launched in the region in March 2011.

Gonzaga stated that instead of focusing only on child survival intervention of preschoolers, 0-5 years old, the newly designed Garantisadong Pambata program has expanded to provide service and information on health, nutrition, and environment for newborn babies up to 14 years old children.

This essential health package includes the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for six months; providing routine immunization among infants; giving vitamin A supplement and de-worming tablet every six months; education on proper hand washing with soap and water; brushing of teeth regularly; using the toilet properly; and keeping homes tobacco smoke-free.

The new design of the program aims to make Garantisadong Pambata as a way of life, Gonzaga bared. Anything that will ensure that children are healthy and living in a safe environment is GP, the DOH director added. Under the new GP, good health of children is a critical foundation for a healthy adulthood.

Director Gonzaga said that instead of confining child health services in health facilities, the new GP now involves non-tradition community outlets like day care centers, schools, and workplaces.

The GP program targets 100 percent of children aged 1-5 years old and those aged 6-12 years old enrolled in public elementary schools to receive de-worming tablets every six months to reduce prevalence of parasitism in these aged groups. (PIA 8)

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