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21.02.2007 General News

Re-introduce inspection of pupil's cleaniliness - SHEP Co-ordinator

By myjoyonline
The Mfantseman District School Health Educational Programme (SHEP) Coordinator, Mr. Reemans Osei Bonsu, has called for the re-introduction of inspection of pupils' cleanliness in schools at least once a week.

Mr. Osei-Bonsu said the call was to ensure that pupils maintained good personal and environmental cleanliness.

He was commenting on the national de-worming exercise held last week in an interview with the GNA at Saltpond.

The SHEP coordinator said inspection of fingernails among other things would minimize the pupil's contact with worms.

Mr. Osei Bonsu said over 40,000 children in basic schools in the district were de-wormed and described the exercise as successful and incident free.

Mrs. Margaret Morrison, a Public Health Nurse, who supervised the exercise commended PLAN, Ghana and World Vision Ghana, both international non-government organizations for conducting periodic de-worming exercises in the district.

The nurse attributed the success of the exercise to the awareness created by the NGOS.

The SHEP Unit of the Ghana Education Service in collaboration with the Nutrition Unit And Disease Control Unit of the Ghana Health Service initiated the exercise funded by UNICEF and DANIDA.

The exercise was nearly marred in some districts following a radio announcement that some children had died after taking the drug.

GNA

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