DOH-10 conducts deworming for 1-19 year-olds
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 29 (PIA) – In celebration of the national deworming month, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 has conducted deworming for minors aged 1-19 years old to protect them against intestinal parasites.
“Importante gyud na mag pa deworm kay sa Region-10, naay pa ta 20.5 percent prevalence sa intestinal parasites. Ang worms sa atong body will cause blood loss, anemia, stunted growth, and poor nutrition,” Rachel S. Katron, malacologist of DOH-10 said.
(It is important for us to deworm because here in Region-10, we still have a 20.5 percent prevalence of intestinal parasites. These worms in our body will cause blood loss, anemia, stunted growth, and poor nutrition.)
She also disclosed that the parasite, if left untreated, can affect the host resulting in decreased mental and physical development for minors as evident in their poor performance in studies and physical health, and in delayed fetal development for pregnant women.
As face-to-face mass gathering activities are discouraged due to COVID-19 pandemic, the health workers would conduct deworming through a community individual approach by which they go door-to-door to distribute deworming drugs to limit contact and adhere to infection prevention control protocols.
In addition, Katron said the common side-effects of deworming drugs are nausea and vomiting which are normal reactions to the drugs. She also advised the public not to listen to fear-mongering but to heed and follow the health workers.
“Gi awhag ko kamo nga mo-apil sa deworming from one to 19 years old, para himsog atong lawas. Para iwas COVID-19, dapat himsog ta. So, dapat magpa deworm pud ta,” she concluded.
(I urge the public to support the deworming for minors aged 1-19 years old to be healthy. To avoid COVID-19, we have to be healthy. So, it is important for us to deworm.) (VPSBautista/PIA10)