BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Guided by the theme, “ALL for health towards Health for ALL” the city government of Balanga, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) conducted last Friday simultaneous orientation on deworming and Weekly Iron Folic Acid (WIFA) among students in all public high schools in the city from grades 7 to 10, together with their parents
At the Bataan National High School (BNHS), Ms. Vilma Rodrigo, RHN II, Maternal-Child Health Officer and officer of the Expanded Program on Immunization explained the annual deworming of the city government, as well as information about worms and how they come in contact with the body, which makes us sick and stunted. Ms. Rodrigo added that 6 out of 10 students are affected by worms usually because of improper hygiene, sanitation, poor water supply and dirty surroundings.
On the other hand, Ms. Alicia M. Adricula, City Public Health Nurse, presented the program on the WIFA, which according to Ms. Adricula, is given to all female students to prevent anemia and iron deficiency. Ms. Adricula added that WIFA is mainly given to girls because they have their monthly menstruation, and these students should have an intake of folate or Vit B9 because these vitamins are not being preserved in the body thus intake of folate induces to produce red blood cells and the DNA which contain the genetic information of the body.
These two (2) programs, according to the City Health staff will be given in 2 rounds, for deworming, July to Sept (2017) is the first round while Jan to March (2018) is the 2nd round. While for WIFA, these will be given every Monday for 12 weeks wherein 60ml elemental iron folic acid will be administered by the school nurse or the teacher to the students.
Ms. Merlinda Dominguez, BNHS Principal, thanked the parents for coming and appealed to all of them to monitor and supervise the activities of their children not only on academic or school matters but also on their health.