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SPDC Supports Deworming Exercise in Bayelsa State; 10,000 School Children to be Dewromed
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) is collaborating with the Centre for Gender Values and Culture in Bayelsa State on a mass deworming exercise which will see more than 10,000 school children being dewormed. Established by the wife of the Bayelsa State Governor Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva, the NGO embarked on the exercise as part of a campaign to reduce infant and maternal mortality in the state, and SPDC is supporting with deworming drugs and educational materials, and also organising enlightenment sessions on personal hygiene.
The latest outreach in the campaign was hosted by Sagbama Local Government Area on September 28, where some 3,000 children from 15 schools were dewormed. Deworming tablets and educational materials were also given to the chairmen of Ogbia, Ekeremor, Yenagoa, Kokoluma/Opokuma, Brass, Nembe and Southern Ijaw local government councils for implementation of the same programme on dates fixed by the Government. About 7,000 children in these local government areas are expected to benefit from future deworming exercises.
Mrs. Sylva said the deworming would help to solve some basic health challenges and ensure children were fit and healthy. She commended SPDC for the “great interest and support.” SPDC’s Clinical Health Adviser incharge of Western operations, Dr. Olayinka Mosuro said: “Worm infestation is common among children and leads to poor school performance due to frequent ill health and absenteeism. Regular deworming is cost effective way of treating this. And as part of the deworming exercise, we give simple health tips so that parents and teachers can continue with the process.”
More than 30,000 school children have also been dewormed so far this year, as part of another deworming exercise under SPDC’s “Health in Motion” programme in the Niger Delta. SPDC began supporting healthcare in the Niger Delta in the late 1960s, training personnel and donating drugs and consumables as well as building and equipping infrastructure. 35 health facilities have been completed over the years in Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Edo states, with major turnaround maintenance achieved in 17 of the 27 centres directly supported by SPDC.