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Oplan Goodbye Bulate ensures pupils’ health By Jerel Xaver Beltran

posted Feb 19, 2016, 5:27 AM by Edeliza Manalaysay

The Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted National Deworming Day to reduce the problem on soil transmitted helminthiases among school children last July 29.

    A l m o s t 1, 100 pupils from kindergarten to grade six undergone deworming, monitored by the Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC).

    According to Administrative Order 2015-0030, deworming is defined as the administration of albendazole (or mebendazole), without prior diagnosis of current infection, to control and treat intestinal helminth infections such as hookworm, Ascaris and Trichuris.

    The AO also pointed that STH can cause poor physical growth, poor intellectual development and impaired cognitive functions in children and can result to anemia and malnutrition.

    Based on school data, the number of malnourished children has been reduced since mass deworming was implemented in schools.