by Paul Jaysent Fos, Romblon News | Thursday, 14 January 2016
Dalawang linggo bago magsimula ang Nationwide Deworming Day sa January 27, 2016, ang Department of Health (DOH) - MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) ngayong araw ay nakompleto na ang Orientation on Harmonized Schedule of Community and School-Based Mass Drug Administration for Selected Neglected Tropical Diseases sa mga teachers at health workers ng rehiyon.
"This is to ensure a smooth and safe implementation of the deworming program and provide proper information dissemination and management and precautionary measures for possible serious adverse events following administration of the tablets," pahayag ni Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, Regional Director ng DOH-MIMAROPA sa opening ng kanilang orientation program na isinagawa sa Ramada Hotel sa Manila.
“We have directed teachers and health workers to encourage children to have full stomach before giving the medicines as adverse reactions may occur such as allergy, mild abdominal pain and diarrhea. These are common and could manifest within the first 10 hours after ingestion of the medicine. These are MILD and TRANSIENT,” dagdag ni Janairo.
Noong 2015, ang MIMAROPA ay nakapagtala ng 422,543 na mga batang napainum ng gamot kontra worms o 88% ng 480,278 na target.
Target ng DOH ngayong taon ang tatlong neglected tropical diseases na soil-transmitted helminthiasis, filariasis, at schistosomiasis.
Hinikayat naman ni Janairo ang mga parents at guardians ng mga bata na magparticipate sa nasabing aktibidad.
“We are encouraging all parents and guardians to participate during the mass deworming program and have their children dewormed and to protect them from being infected with intestinal helminth infections,” ayon kay Janairo.