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Valencia City Joins National Deworming Day

The City Government of Valencia in coordination with the City Health Office and the Department of Health (DOH-10) and the Department of Education (DepEd) Valencia City School Division, join the country’s simultaneous National School-based Deworming Day entitled Harmonized Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis and Schistosomiasis on January 27, 2016.

During the Mass Drug Administration at the pilot barangay in Vintar Elementary School, City Health Officer Dr. Marlyn V. Agbayani said the deworming activity is done yearly every July (first round) and January (second round) to reduce the prevalence of soil transmitted helminthiasis among school children aged five to 12 years old and for preschoolers aged one to four years old and this time, drug administration for schistosomiasis is included.

“Valencia City Health Office has just conducted an Orientation Seminar on Mass Drug Administration which was attended by DOH and CHO Personnel including school principals, teachers and stakeholders for the Synchronized Mass Drug Administration in the 56 Elementary Schools and nine (11) National High Schools and Integrated National High Schools in Valencia City,” said Dr. Agbayani.

Dr. Agbayani also added that the City Health Office also conducted a press conference with the media partners to sufficiently inform the public of the possible adverse effects after ingestion of the drug and with that, the City Government headed by City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas has a full support on the program as the City Government had prepared support drugs and standby ambulances and rescue teams should there be an adverse event.

Meanwhile, City Councilor and Chair of Health Committee Hon. Policarpo P. Murillo IV, M.D. said that Valencia City strongly supports the program as it can help eliminate poor physical growth, poor intellectual development, anemia and malnutrition among children.

During the activity, personnel from City Health Office and DOH-X together with the teachers and BHWs united as children from Vintar Elementary School conducted a parade, simultaneous hand-washing, feeding, and mass drug administration of Albendazole 400mg tablet and Mebendazole 500mg.

Vintar Barangay Council headed by Brgy. Captain Dionisio V. Santos expressed their sincerest appreciation to the City Government of Valencia through the Honorable City Mayor Huervas for supporting the program and for choosing Vintar as the pilot barangay.

In her message, City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas acknowledged the school children as well as the parents and teachers for their participation as the City Government aims in building a healthy and child-friendly Valencia City.

Last July 2015, Valencia City bagged major awards for the 100% accomplishment in school-based deworming programs.