The government is targeting to deworm four million school children aged 2-14 years in 14 counties at risk of worm infection during the National School-Based Deworming Program (NSBD) that kicks off tomorrow 14 to the 16 of September 2021.
For thirteen years the ministry of education, in partnership with the ministry of health has been providing deworming treatment in schools to children who are at risk of contracting intestinal worms, a condition that affects their health, nutrition, and overall well-being.
A recent study by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) shows the reduction in the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) by 62 per cent between 2012 and 2018.
The counties targeted include Narok, Nyamira, Kisii, Migori, Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, and Taita Taveta Counties.
The deworming treatment will be administered in over 19,000 primary schools and ECD centres by trained schoolteachers.