600 Aeta kids dewormed in 2 Pampanga towns
In observance of the National Nutrition Month, the Pampanga provincial government conducted a deworming activity for 600 Aeta children and young adults in the upland communities in Floridablanca and Porac towns on Thursday.
The children and young adults were given albendazole tablets, an anti-worm medication. They also
received a pair of slippers and food packs from the provincial government, officials said.
Pampanga Vice Governor Lilia Pineda led the activity.
She said deworming is part of Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda’s campaign to protect Aetas from contracting soil-transmitted helminths (STH), or intestinal worms that are transmitted through contaminated soil.
Joining her were Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon, provincial health officer Dr. Zenon Ponce, provincial social welfare and development office chief Elizabeth Baybayan, and Diosdado P Macapagal Memorial Hospital chief Dr. Fleur Zapanta.
“Nakita ko ‘yung mga bata, malalaki ang mga tiyan. Naisip ko, kailangan nila ng deworming. So, lahat – matanda at bata – nag-deworming kanina. Lahat sila, mababait, ininom nila ‘yung mga tabletas kahit malalaki,” the vice governor said.
The provincial health office advised communities to take good care of their personal hygiene and always clean their environment to prevent acquiring the said infection, which can also affect a person’s growth and development.
“We advise the regular conduct of deworming para makaiwas tayo, especially ang mga anak natin, from sicknesses like malnutrition and anemia,” said Dr. Imelda Ignacio, public health officer.
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