More than 2,000 children from basic schools in the Sekyere East District of the Ashanti Region have been de-wormed by a non-governmental organisation, Universe Aid Foudation.
Residents of three deprived communities in the District, Nkwakwanua, Ntumkumso and Senchi benefited from the two-day deworming exercise themed: “Deworm the children, save the future”
The exercise was aimed at ridding the beneficiaries of intestinal worms which produces a wide range of symptoms including diarrhoea and abdominal pain, general malaise and weakness. Worms infestations causes chronic intestinal blood loss that result in anaemia.
The WHO estimates that more than 880 million children are in need of treatment for these parasites. It is against this backdrop that the Universe Aid Foundation embarked on the free deworming project.
Abdul-Shakur Abdul Rahman, the Executive Director of the NGO said he was very impressed with the support the Health and Education directorate gave them as well as the commitment and cooperation of head teachers, teachers and pupils from various schools.
He was very pleased with the success of the programme, adding plans are far advanced to extend it to other districts in the region.
Meanwhile, Universe Aid also donated 500 books to the Islamic Education Unit of Sekyere East District to improve girl child education in the district.