Intestinal Worms Are Endemic In Nigeria -Buhari
By Pelumi Olaleye
Founder of Future Assured and wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari disclosed in Bauchi that intestinal worms are endemic in Nigeria and is an issue that is being neglected by parents.
According to her,Worms can lead to malabsorption of nutrients and therefore worsen malnutrition. It can also affect school performance and cognitive development.
This statement was said during the deworming exercise organized by Future Assured Programme and conducted at Babasidi and Shadawanka Primary schools in Bauchi metropolis. The exercise is part of Future Assured Programme’s health screening and awareness exercise at Bauchi Specialist Hospital, Bauchi.
Mrs Buhari, who was speaking through the programme’s zonal coordinator for the North East, Mrs Zuwaira Gambo, noted that over 2000 children from the two primary schools have been successfully dewormed and as part of oral hygiene awareness, each child is given a dental pack made up of toothpaste and toothbrush.” Adding that deworming of children has been identified as a major determinant of children’s growth and development.
She called on parents to deworm their children regularly and teach them oral hygiene.