Parents, guardians assured of drugs safety

IHI researcher, Dr. Michael Mihayo administers drugs to children at Kizuiani Primary School in Bagamoyo during the official launching of a campaign against schistosomiasis and worms in children aged 5-14 years. PHOTO/Joseph Madata
May 29, 2019
Parents, guardians assured of drugs safety

Parents and guardians in Bagamoyo District have been assured of safety of administered drug doses for praziquantel and albendazole, brushing off rumors that they would cause impotence or infertility to their children. District Medical Officer, Dr. Salvio Wikesi, said this when he officially launched a 12-month campaign aimed to guard against schistosomiasis and worms children aged 5-14 years in Bagamoyo District, Coast Region.

He officiated the event on behalf of Bagamoyo District Commissioner Zainab Kawawa. Bagamoyo District Coordinator for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Mr. Mohamed Farah, said the campaign aims to end schistosomiasis and intestinal helminths in children in Bagamoyo.

According to him, last year a similar campaign covered 90.2% of the children. Preventive drugs (praziquantel and albendazole) for schistosomiasis and worms (intestinal helminths) will be administered to all Bagamoyo children at nursery and primary schools.

Participation of IHI in the campaign is in line with its commitment to strengthen engagement with key stakeholders in the public health sector, particularly the government at all levels in an effort to fight against diseases. In its current strategic plan 2018-2023, IHI has underlined NTDs and several researches in schistosomiasis and intestinal helminths among new areas of interest. #