The national campaign to deworm school-going children against intestinal worms and schistosomiasis has been launched.
The campaign was launched on Tuesday, November 24 in Ayos, East Region by the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Alim Hayatou and the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Basic Education, Dr Asheri Kilo.
The campaign which held at the School complex of the Ayos Administrative Centre that regroups four public schools provided the opportunity for both members of government to elaborate on the motive of the campaign before encouraging all to adhere. According to statistics, more than 10 million Cameroonians suffer from intestinal worms with school-going children the most affected and most vulnerable group.
After taking time to sensitise the children, the two members of government proceeded to administer the doses of the deworming drugs to the children.
The exercise which continues throughout the week in the locality, targets vulnerable groups namely: the 1,400 students at the school complex of the Ayos Administrative Center, but also those of 44 other public schools, 10 private schools, 5 denominational schools, and 2 private nursery schools in the locality.
The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Basic Education equally took the opportunity to offer hygiene kits to all schools in the in the locality as she sensitized them on the need to respect hygiene and sanitation measures at school in order to stay safe from the COVID-19 and other diseases.