ILIGAN CITY, January 26 (PIA)—The Department of Health (DOH) ensures that all school children should take the deworming drug ‘after meal.’
This is one of the precautionary measures on deworming implementation as there would be adverse events following deworming, said Dr. Catherine C. Jumawan, medical officer, Department of Education (DepEd), Iligan City Schools Division Office.
DOH has recommended drugs for mass deworming like Albendazole 400 mg tablet and Mebendazole 500 mg tablet. Both drugs should be taken ‘after meal’ by pre-schoolers ages one to four years old, and school age children from five to 12 years old, to be administered every six months.
As to benefits on either of the two drugs, it has the widest range of curative activity and effective against all worms, and it is safe and easy to administer by a non-health worker.
While we remind parents that these could be the adverse events following deworming like allergy, mild abdominal pain, diarrhea, and erratic worm migration. These common adverse events could manifest within the first 10 hours after giving the deworming drugs. They are mild and transient, said Dr. Jumawan.
We are also looking extra careful to the following health conditions not advised to take deworming drugs to those who are seriously ill, suffers abdominal pain, having fever, diarrhea, previously suffered hypersensitivity to the drug, and severely malnourished (underweight), said Jumawan.
In our meeting with the parents or caregiver of the school children prior to the implementation of the deworming program, we provide the mass administration parent’s consent to be signed by them if they allow their child to be given albendazole for Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis, said Jumawan.
We assure that these drugs are listed in the Philippine National Drug Formulary and are recommended for mass treatment. Likewise, these are also recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are being used in all countries which conduct mass treatment in their fight against worms, disclosed Dr. Jumawan. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)