Worms rav­age chil­dren in A/Ibom com­mu­nity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Pa­trick Odey,Uyo

Res­i­dents of Udung Uko LGA of Akwa Ibom State are bat­tling with in­testi­nal worms which have in­fested a large pop­u­la­tion of chil­dren in the com­mu­nity.

A sur­vey con­ducted by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health in con­junc­tion with He­len Keller In­ter­na­tional in­di­cated that more than 86 per­cent of chil­dren were in­fested.

Pro­gramme Co­or­di­na­tor of Ne­glected Trop­i­cal Dis­eases NTDs for HKI, Mr. Joseph Kum­bur, said at a work­shop for stake­hold­ers and vol­un­teers on mass drug ad­min­is­tra­tion in Uyo yes­ter­day that chil­dren within the ages of 5 to 14 were mostly af­fected by the dis­ease in the area and other parts of the state.

He said though most of the lo­cal coun­cils in the state had a preva­lence rate of more than 20 per­cent, the rate in Udung Uko re­mained pa­thetic due to poor san­i­ta­tion in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to him, in­testi­nal worms are preva­lent among peo­ple liv­ing in places with poor san­i­ta­tion, lack of good wa­ter sup­ply, eat­ing with­out wash­ing hands and walk­ing bare foot.

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