The Department of Health clarifies the allegation on distribution of expired medicines during the launch of National School Deworming Day today. It was reported that students in Zamboanga were rushed in hospitals after they took Albendazole, the medicine used during the campaign of Goodbye Bulate held simultaneously in schools today nationwide.
“Lahat ng gamot na ito ay nasuri ng Department of Health kasama ng Food and Drug Administration at World Health Organization”. Ang mga sintomas na pagsusuka, pagkahilo, at pagsakit ng tiyan ay normal lang na epekto pagkatapos inumin ang nasabing gamot. Hindi po ito expired at nasuring mabuti ng DOH bago ito naipamahagi sa iba’t ibang parte ng Pilipinas.” ani ni Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin.
A total of 6,448,900 children have been dewormed today. Of this figure, 1,225 (0.018%) consulted health authorities after experiencing symptoms, while 86 (0.0013%) of them are now admitted in five (5) hospitals in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay for further medications.
The NSDD is not a new campaign for the DOH. Deworming has been done for the past nine years. The average number of students dewormed per round is 8 to 9 million. Yearly, the DOH conducts two rounds of deworming. It is already administered to selected areas of the country prior to the event. It is only today that DOH launched a nationwide school-based deworming to reach more children. The campaign seeks to increase mass administration coverage for school-aged children or for 5 – 12 years old or for those in Kindergarten to Grade 6. Deworming children in schools has been found to be a good strategy to reduce the burden of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) infections with a positive impact on children’s education and health.
“Maging responsible po tayo sa impormasyon na ating ipinapakalat. Ang maliit na detalye ay maaaring magdulot ng malaking takot sa nakararami. ” Garin concluded. # Source – www.doh.gov.ph