NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has dewormed over 6 million children in the
past five years, a government official said on Tuesday.
Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, said
that the school going children that were dewormed represented 85
percent of all school age children living in endemic areas.
“About 7.8 million
school-age children are at risk of infection with intestinal
parasitic worms, including common worms and bilharzia,” he said
during the launch of national school based deworming program
results in Nairobi.
poor attendance and concentration in school and increased school
dropout rates, hence eroding the aspired education outcomes.
The ministry of
education in collaboration with ministry of health and
development partners has been undertaking mass administration of
common worms and bilharzia control drugs to children between two
and 14 years.
The government initiated National School Based Deworming Program
in 2009 and since then the program has remained a core
development intervention to support the country’s achievements
in the education sector.