By Augustine Nyuykongi
A campaign to deworm at least 2-3 million children in 4 different regions of the country has been launched by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Public Health Professor Njock Louis Richard.
The campaign was launched on November 18, 2021, in Bertoua, East Region. Amongst notable attendees of the ceremony was also the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Basic Education Dr. Asheri Kilo.
The plan, as was revealed in the launch, will be to carry out the exercise in 2 months within four Regions namely; East Region, Littoral Region, West Region, and South Region. Speaking at the launch, Professor Njock Louis said over 10 million children in Cameroon are affected by intestinal worms, which he says are caused by poor hygienic conditions.
According to him, the condition causes stunted growth in children or a decline in intellectual development. To this, he said, “Thanks to the National Program to Fight Intestinal diseases, the Government can now boast of having achieved a successful treatment which has bypassed from 170,000 treated in 2006, to nearly 11 million in 2020.”
The national deworming campaign will subsequent all 10 regions of Cameroon. The first phase of this campaign had already been carried out in May and June 2021. It covered the Center Region, North West Region, and South West Region, with over 2 Million children benefiting from it.
The final phase of this campaign has been scheduled for March 2022, for the Adamawa, Far North, and North Regions, and will target over 3 million children.