While the vitamin A supplements target children aged six to 59 months, deworming is targeted for ages one to five years with the two exercises running simultaneously.
The exercise runs from December 2 to 6 and seeks to break the transmission of worms which has been observed to be high among children.
However, explained Dr. Kegode, despite the priority being given to the children, those in higher age brackets have also been included in the drive since children also risk transmissions from the adult people.
“Medical records for the children who visit clinics indicate a majority did not receive their vitamin A supplements hence the need to conduct a mop up exercise that will see that all children are reached,” she disclosed.
Noting that vitamin A is a very vital element in children development, Dr, Kegode calling on members of the public to ensure that all children in the stated age bracket get the medication.
She pointed out that Community Health Volunteers and Public Health Officials will be making door to door visits to every homestead Schools and market places to administer the drugs while asking from cooperation from residents.
The Hellen Keller International representative Bernard Kimani reiterated the organization’s commitments in supporting the exercise adding that they target to reach at least 80 percent of the children in the county.
He noted that the supplements will help reducing the risk of child immobility and mortality by boosting their body immunity while improving on their eyesight by ensuring they do not develop blindness.
Kimani called on parents to ensure that their children get Vitamins A supplements every six months until they reach the age of five years just as they provide dietary requirements so they grow well.
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