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Students in worm study

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

MORE primary school students will be part of a Soil Transmitted Helminthes (STH) survey conducted by the Ministry of Health to identify and estimate the extent and the implications of STH in the country.

STH worms such as hookworms, ascaris and whipworms enter the body through the consumption of raw vegetables — which can contain the eggs of these worms — and not washing your hands after visiting the toilet.

Ministry of Health officials are visiting 20 primary schools in the Central Division where Year 1 and Year 2 students are part of the survey, consistent with the global protocols for the survey.

Communicable disease adviser Dr Mike Kama said the survey allowed teachers and parents of students who were part of the survey to be well informed of the STH situation in the country.

"The survey is beneficial to all those who will participate given that those who will be diagnosed with the worm will be treated immediately.

"The school will also benefit given that it will have some understanding of one of the risks to students' learning capacity and students will receive the intervention they require immediately," Dr Kama said.





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