MOH Troubled Over Adults Who Have Neglected Deworming Against Intestinal Parasites

Net pic of intestinal worms

The ministry of health has raised concern over adults who have neglected deworming themselves against intestinal worms something that has increasingly put their children at high risk.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general at the ministry of health said many adults do not deworm themselves against intestinal worms because they think they only affect children yet they are the ones exposing the youngsters.

Intestinal worms according to the Medicover hospital website are also known as parasitic worms which normally feed on the human body. These intestinal worms include tapeworms, fluke, roundworms, pinworms, and hookworms.

Medicover further explains that parasitic worms usually cause symptoms similar to intestinal disorders. One can prevent himself and children through regular deworming regardless of age since they can penetrate our bodies through food.

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Dr Mwebesa said Uganda has received 4.5 million deworming doses valued at 600 million shillings from Feed for the Hungry. Mwebesa explained that worms have a heavy impact on all human beings not only children as some people perceive it, and the worst scenario of parasitic worms could be mental health.

“Worms live in dirty environments like dirty water, unwashed fruits and vegetables, half-cooked food especially meat, and unwashed hands. The worm infections have grave consequences on the health and the nutritional wellbeing of individuals, like intestinal obstruction inflammation, they interfere with the nutrition uptake, leading to anaemia, malnutrition and impaired mental and physical development,” Dr Mwebesa said.

The persistent high prevalence rate of anaemia which is 53 per cent in children below five years and 32 percent among women in the reproductive age group to Mwebesa partially attributed it to worms.

“The consequences of anaemia are severe, you have reduced immunity, increased risk of infections, and increased maternal and child mortality rates. It is therefore important that these worms are removed from the body, especially in women and children,” Mwebesa added

Charles Olaro, the director of curative services at the ministry, said that though the worms’ effects are not very severe among adults, they can sometimes turn dangerous to the extent of leading to long-term health conditions.

 “Unlike in some other health ailments, the human body cannot build immunity to the worms, everybody is susceptible and the only way is to use dewormers which are normally very cheap. And prevention is by route deworming, also maintaining good sanitation, especially at the entry points in the life cycle” Olaro said.

On behalf of the food for the hungry country director, Dorthy Namayanja, said that they have been supporting the Ugandan government in different programs in the health and nutrition sector and that they are very optimistic that these doses will save a Ugandan out there whose health is suffering because of worms. These 4.5 million doses are to be distributed in Busoga, Acholi, Karamoja, Teso, Sebei and mountain Elgon surrounding regions.

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