Ben­nett launches war on nits

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BRITTANY MANN

Rus­sell School is on the front­line of a newly waged war against nits.

A head lice treat­ment pro­gramme was launched last Thurs­day at the school.

Pupils and whanau will be able to re­ceive free treat­ment in a hair­dresser-style chair that has been in­stalled on site.

Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment Paula Ben­nett was the first to try out the new chair. She had her hair washed with lice treat­ment when she vis­ited the school to launch the ini­tia­tive.

She said nits were not only a low-decile prob­lem and that she had suf­fered from them as a child.

‘‘I’ve been scratch­ing all day just think­ing about them,’’ she said.

But cost is a ma­jor bar­rier for some fam­i­lies beat­ing the scalp­ma­raud­ing scoundrels, with treat­ment typ­i­cally cost­ing about $30.

Prin­ci­pal Sose An­nan­dale said NitBusters would mean pupils could con­cen­trate on learn­ing and not be dis­tracted by itchy heads.

It also meant those whose heads other­wise might have been shaved would not have to suf­fer em­bar­rass­ment.

NitBusters is run by char­ity Kid­sCan, which al­ready pro­vides food, coats, shoes and hats to Rus­sell School pupils.

It will be rolled out in 117 lowdecile schools through­out New Zealand, of­fer­ing treat­ment to more than 24,000 pupils.

The Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment has ear­marked nearly $1 mil­lion for NitBusters.


Re­turn­ing the favour: Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment Paula Ben­nett washes 8-year-old Eli Blackshaw’s hair af­ter hav­ing her own treated for head lice.

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