RAJSHAHI: Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) will feed deworming pills to 1.05 lakh school students aged between five and 16 years in the city.
Along with primary and secondary level schools, all madrasas, mosque-based schools and orphanages will be brought under the deworming tablet feeding programme.
RCC officials disclosed the information while addressing a central advocacy meeting with all stakeholders in its conference hall here on Thursday.
The main objective of the meeting was to disseminate ideas among the stakeholders and other policy-makers so that they could play a vital role in creating awareness on controlling the worm.
RCC Chief Health Officer Dr AFM Anjuman Ara Begum addressed the meeting as focal person, while Ward Councilor Nuruzzaman Tuku welcomed the participants.
RCC Secretary Moshiur Rahman, Divisional Deputy Director of Department of Primary Education Sheikh Raihan Uddin, Divisional Deputy Director of Department of Health Services Dr Anwarul Kabir, District Primary Education Officer Saiful Islam and Education Officer Zahid Hassan also addressed the meeting.
The discussants unanimously underlined the need for creating widespread health awareness among the school-going children for controlling many communicable diseases.
Dr Anjuman Begum said if the large number of students could be prevented from the worm-infection, they would be protected from different intestinal diseases easily.
She pointed out that the teachers have a vital role in this regard and said knowledge, attitude and practice could help prevent 80 percent of both the communicable and non-communicable diseases along with malnutrition.
Dr Begum also said due attention should be given to create mass awareness through using both the print and electronic media and other state-level machinery to make this idea accessible to every section of the society.
She told the meeting that some prolonged non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiac ailments, high blood pressure, stroke and respiratory inflammation are responsible for 60 per cent of the total death.
But the death rate could be reduced to a greater extent after following some health related rules and regulations strictly, she added.