Children targeted in de-worming exercise

A joint venture between the Ministry of Health and Education is targeting to de-worm at least 300, 000 children in Trans Nzoia County by end of February this year.

The Trans Nzoia Public Health Officer (PHO), Philip Bett said that exercise, which is in its 6th year since initiation, would see children aged between 2 to 14 years get de-wormed.

The exercise is funded by Evidence Action a national NGO in conjunction with the government of Kenya.

According to Bett, at least 16.5million people in Kenya were known to be having worms which he said was a risk to their health, adding that 7million children are at risk of contracting worms.

Bett said that the programme, which started 5 years ago in 27 counties, has seen at least 5.3million children de-wormed with at least 164 sub counties in the 27 have benefitted from the programme.

The target is all children in early childhood schools to standard 8 pupils in both public and private schools.

In Trans Nzoia, Saboti, Kiminini, Endebbes and Kwanza have benefited from the programme.

In the programme, the Ministry of Education which has the children and infrastructure, will avail children while their health counterparts will procure the drugs and also train teachers on how to carry out the exercise.

Currently, we are training the teachers in the four sub counties on how to administer the drug. We started with the national training where all personnel from counties were engaged. We then trained at County level and we are now at Sub Counties, he said.

According to the PHO, Trans Nzoia is fighting the common worms like tapeworms and roundworms while areas in Nyanza were fighting the same plus bilharzia which is common in this region.

Source: Kenya News Agency