Valencia City Health Office Holds
Press Conference for National Deworming Day
and Mass Drug Administration

The City Health Office of Valencia City in coordination with the Provincial DOH Office and Department of Education Valencia City conducted a Press Conference at the CMO Conference Room on January 25, 2016 to discuss issues and concerns on National School Deworming Day and Mass Drug Administration which is scheduled on January 27, 2016 in all public schools nationwide.

Dr. Filipina Villa, Municipal Health Officer of Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Ms. Anita L. Baguio, Dev. Management Officer of RHO X and Mr. Teddy Torres, PHA of PDOHO Bukidnon are the guests together with Mr. Jimbo Russel Agbayani, Education Science Supervisor, and DepEd NursesMs. Gloria Castillo and Ms. Leonor Pampanga.

Dr. Marlyn V. Agbayani, Valencia City Health Officer gave the rationale of the program and discussed the drug administration and the possible adverse events after deworming.

Albendazole 400mg tablet and Mebendazole 500mg tablet should be taken after a meal and all the elementary schools in Valencia City will be participating in the mass deworming on January 27, 2016,’’ she said.

She also added that last July 2015 Valencia City has achieved 100% accomplishment in School-Based Immunization.

Meanwhile, City Councilor Hon. Policarpo P. Murillo IV, MD said that the target groups are school-age children aged 5-12 years old and Valencia City is very much ready for this mass drug administration as CHO have already scheduled deployment of nurses, midwives, and Barangay Health Workers. Ambulances are installed during the activity.

City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas said that the City Government is strongly supporting the health advocacies of DOH and through this mass drug administration children in Valencia City will be free from microorganisms that could hamper their growth and development.

Dr. Agbayani urged the parents and caregivers to avail of this government's program, as this aims to eradicate parasitic diseases such as Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helmithiasis (STH), and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). She also requested the local media partners to help raise awareness and support DOH’s Information Education and Motivation Campaign.