4.6 m children to be de-wormed in KP on Oct 31: Health Minister.


PESHAWAR -- The one-day de-worming of school children drive of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would start on October 31 (Thursday) in 19 districts of the province.

Under the campaign, as many as 4.6 million children would be given de-worming medicines in 20,000 public and private schools in a total 19 districts of the province, said Minister for Health Dr Hisham Inamullah.

The purpose of the drive was to protect children from soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and to improve their health, the minister added.

He said it was the first ever deworming Initiative in the province. All children enrolled in classes 1-10 and out of school ages 4-14 would be encouraged to access treatment at a nearby school on Deworming Day.

Dr. Hisham Inamullah said the "mass deworming through a school-based approach provides an easy way to achieve high coverage, as trusted, trained teachers will administer tables in schools. Children both enrolled and not enrolled in schools are welcome to quality, safe and free of cost medicine through this program.'

He urged parents and guardians to send their aged 5 to 14 children, to nearest government or private school on October 31, 2019 during school timings for free and safe deworming medicine.

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