Ekiti State Government has concluded arrangements to deworm all pupils
in the Public Primary Schools across the state.
Senior Special Adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Home Grown School
Feeding, Mr. Ademola Obanise, disclosed this at a stakeholders’
meeting in Ado-Ekiti.
Mr. Obanise also recalled that Governor Kayode Fayemi in the Five
Pillar Agenda of his administration clearly stated that the Social
Investment Programmes will be reinstituted to create Social Safety
Nets for the poor and the vulnerable of the society.
He said that the Home Grown School Feeding Programmme of the Federal
Government that started in the state during Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s
administration will be completed with the Primary School deworming
exercise in the month of November, 2019, to help stabilize the pupils’
health status which will enhance their concentration on their studies.
Obanise explained that the deworming exercise is necessary at this
time to promote the nutrition of Ekiti pupils which will keep them
healthy and emotionally alert.
The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Manager in Ekiti State, Dr.
Kayode Ojo, in his goodwill message to sensitize stakeholders at the
meeting, analysed different types of worms, their contact points,
effects and control which is easily contracted by school age children.
He emphasized that it is necessary at this time to complement the
Feeding Programme with a view to enhancing the nutrition status of the
The NTD Manager revealed that worm infected children usually have
growth and mental retardation, malnutrition, anemia reduction
alongside other diseases which leads to children urinating blood.
Dr. Ojo assured that the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi will
collaborate with the Federal Government of Nigeria to carry out the
Mass Deworming Exercise at ensuring that all children across the state
are free of worm infestation, but the public school pupils will come
He called on parents and all stakeholders in the Education Sector to
assist government at ensuring that children maintain good health habit
of regular hand washing, fruits washing, disallow swimming in unclean
water and promote regular deworming exercises.