by Celeste Anna R. Formoso, Philippine News Agency | Friday, 17 June 2016
The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in Palawan are set to implement in July the second round of the Expanded National School and Community-Based Deworming Month in partnership with local government units (LGUs).
Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Rachel Paladan told the Philippine News Agency Wednesday that over 50 public health workers that include DepEd nurses, midwives, Garantisadong Pambata (GP) coordinators and members of the provincial health team will lead the project’s implementation.
These public health workers, she said, recently attended the Orientation and Planning Workshop on the Guidelines of Expanded Implementation of National School and Community Deworming Month implemented by the DOH-MIMAROPA.
Paladan said the July implementation targets to fully implement the second round of deworming activities that are done twice a year.
The first round was done in January this year in the whole country, and Palawan was an active participant.
Paladan said that under the expanded deworming activity, deworming will already be done simultaneously on children under the Garantisadong Pambata of the DOH and DepEd in school and in communities, who were placed under different schedules.
This will be done to ensure that all children – going to school or staying at home – will be covered, she added.
During the first round of deworming activity, the MIMAROPA Region, was included among the Top 5 Regions that have the widest and highest number of children, who have been dewormed.
It was also recognized as “most improved region on deworming coverage.” In Palawan, 92 percent of children were covered by the deworming activity, according to Paladan. (PNA)