Thursday, July 7, 2022

Kwara Govt. Embarks on Mass Deworming of Pupils

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The Kwara State Government yesterday launched a mass deworming exercise for school children in the state in partnership with a pharmaceutical company, Biomedical Limited, Ilorin.

The state’s deputy governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, who dropped out of the program, administered doses of the intravenous fluid to a few select students.

He was supported by the executive secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Nusirat Elelu.

In his remarks, the deputy governor said that the deworming programme was an important strategy meant to improve the health condition of school children in the state.

Akanbi, who said that the government alone cannot shoulder every responsibility of governance, added that the partnership was aimed at complementing efforts of the state government at ensuring quality healthcare delivery.

Also speaking, the executive secretary, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Nusirat Elelu, said that parasites like worms are a major cause of malnutrition in children.

He said that deworming is targeted at tackling malnutrition which is often caused by excess worm and urged that children should be dewormed every 6 months.

“You’re all aware of the school feeding programme where our children have access to nutritious component because worms also lead to malnutrition in children and for Kwara State we also have a programme geared towards providing nutrition programme to support children that are under five years of age.

“It is very important that deworming happens every 6 months, we have an ongoing nutrition programme for deworming in our primary healthcare system, last year alone 22,500 children were targeted and the target was met and surpassed and for this year alone we’re going to see how we’re going to surpass the target.

“This is a school based event, as you can see, SUBEB is here so, they’re partnering with us and we are utilizing senatorial district based distribution, Kwara South, Kwara Central and Kwara North as well and it will be equitable distribution, based on pupils enrolled in our SUBEB schools within the state, that will form the distribution plan for the 17,000 pupils,” Elelu said.

The marketing manager of Biomedical Limited, Mr Watson Olojo, said that the company is one of the indigenous manufacturers of intravenous fluid, “and not only in Nigeria but in Africa’s West Coast. This event is meant to mark our 40th anniversary and the deworming programme is one of our corporate social responsibility activitties.”

Biomedical Limited’s Marketing Director, Mr Watson Olojo, said the company is one of the intravenous fluid manufacturers, not just in Nigeria but on the west coast of Africa. This event is intended to mark our 40th anniversary and the deworming program is one of our social responsibility activities.”

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