by Vincent Philip S. Bautista
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA)–While responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 has recently launched its annual National Deworming Month campaign to eliminate parasitic intestinal among minors aged 9-19 years old in Northern Mindanao.
Launched at Barangay Macasandig here on Jan. 7, DOH-10 emphasized the importance of deworming to 20 children and their parents while giving deworming tablets.
DOH-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Subaan, Assistant Regional Director Dr. Ellenietta HMV Gamolo, and City Health Office (CHO) chief, Dr. Lorraine Neri and some representatives of the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 turned up in said activity.
“We always urge parents to get their children dewormed and that the medicine is safe and effective ,as it is approved by the World Health Organization. If they experience any side-effects, it is natural as the tablet’s effect is to kill the parasites in the stomach,” DOH-10 Supervising Health Program Officer Maria Rachel Escatron said.
Acknowledging that there are some parents and guardians hesitant in getting their children dewormed or vaccinated, Escatron said they are doing community engagement to educate, eliminate anxieties, and correct misinformation, as he cited that interpersonal communication remains a key factor for the success of any health campaign.
“To the parents who are worried of the adverse effects of our safe and effective tablets, they can take comfort in the fact that we have our nearest health centers to assist and give their children support,” she said.
Through their OPLAN: Goodbye Bulate campaign. DOH-10 will provide free deworming tablets house-to-house in line with minimum health safety protocols. (VPSB/PIA10)