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DOH conducts Mindanao-wide deworming campaign

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (29 September) -- For the first time, the Department of Health (DOH) will conduct a deworming activity throughout Mindanao island from October 16 to 21, 2006.

DOH XI Director Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said DOH coordinated with the local government units and barangay health centers throughout Mindanao to make the activity very successful and be able to reach to children who should avail of the free deworming services offered by government in line with the President's agenda of providing health access to the people especially in the grassroot level.

Children from two to seven years old are urged to avail of this program which forms part of the Garantisadong Pambata campaign that includes the delivery of health service packages for children ages zero to 59 months.

DOH information officer Anna Remolar who was also interviewed during the DOH regular program dubbed as "Takna sa Kahimsug" over DXRP Radyo ng Bayan anchored by Nitz Escarpe and the Philippine Information Agency, said Garantisadong Pambata is being held twice a year particularly during the months of April and October aimed to minimize diseases and deaths among children below five years old by promoting health initiatives for the proper growth of the children.

"DOH chooses areas with high prevalence of children with worm problems, and we are calling on all barangay health workers to coordinate closely with DOH provincial and regional offices in preparation for the Mindanao-wide deworming activity" she said..

Director Ubial said 60 to 80 percent of children below seven years old are positive for at least one form of worm problems. Mothers can also avail of the different health services during the Mindanao-wide Deworming program including the distribution of Vitamin A capsules for mother who just gave birth; ferrous sulfate tablets for pregnant mothers; and distribution of other health capsules for 15-40 years old females.

Other health services offered during the Garantisadong Pambata activity include: regular weighing of children below 5 years old; provision of Vitamin A capsule for children 12 to 59 months old; routine immunization for children below one year old which includes BCG, OPV, AMV, and HBV, and dental check up. (PIA-XI) [top]

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