In a bid to reduce disability and mortality rate, caused by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), Ogun state Government again is set to deworm 1.3 million children of school age in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye disclosed this during a One-Day Social Mobilization Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases Implementation Programme, organised by the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, in conjunction with Evidence Action, held at the NMA House in Abeokuta.
Dr. Ipaye, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, said prior to the commencement of 2018 deworming exercise, there would be continuous mobilization of critical stakeholders, such as religious, community leaders and teachers, adding that this would prevent any hindrance to the success of the programme.
The Commissioner stated further that, the exercise would be in three stages; the first of which would be focused on School Based Deworming Exercise, in four Local Governments, with over 50 percent prevalence of NTD in the state, targeted at children of ages 5 to 14, the second phase was Community Treatment in 18 Local Government Areas, for people between age five and above, while the third would be second round of School Based Deworming Exercise in all the 20 LGAs in the state.
“Before we have another round, we will continue to sustain our mobilization and that is why we have organized this social mobilization programme, to engage the critical stakeholders. As we can see, part of the participants are community leaders, religious leaders and teachers that we’ve called upon to sensitize them, that we will be having another exercise”, Ipaye said.
He therefore advised parents to embrace the exercise, as it is free and tested to be safe and effective, noting that the improvement of the health status of citizens, particularly children, was of utmost priority of Governor Ibikunle Amosun led-administration.
“I will use this opportunity to tell our people out there that this initiative is for the benefit of all our children and these are leaders of tomorrow. We must ensure that they are healthy and the exercise will improve their cognitive function. So, I want to encourage all our mothers out there to embrace this, because it is free and it is safe. Do not listen to rumor’’, Ipaye stated.