Deworming school children key in propelling Education sector, says PS Kipsang

A teacher administering deworming medication to a pupil. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: There is need for enhancing deworming programs for school children so as to maintain the number of pupils who attend school a cross the country, this is according to Education PS Dr. Bellio Kipsang.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, Dr. Kipsang said that deworming children is a key factor in propelling the education sector as it will stabilize attendance of school children.

“We targeted 5.5 million school going children but we have treated 6.6 million children targeting 15,000 schools and we did the treatment in 16,000 schools.” Dr Kipsang said.

Health Principal Secretary Julius Korir ,said that there is need to eliminate worms to avert re-infection rates and educate people on how to manage themselves on health matters.

“To achieve this ,we will need targeted pro active and integrated interventions to break the transmission of intestinal parasitic worms in Kenya.There is need to continue with mass administration of deworming medicine to reduce worm burden in the general population.”Korir said.

He pointed that such programs are fundamental because they will drive Kenya towards the attainment of sustainable development goals of ending epidemic of neglected tropical diseases.