ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) said the agency has already dewormed more than 200,000 school children in its on-going National School Deworming Month here in Region 9.

The National School Deworming Month commenced on Jan. 1 and will end on January 31.

Nieto Fernandez, DOH National School Deworming coordinator, on Thursday said their target goal is to deworm 800,000 students consisting of 600,000 elementary and 200,000 in the secondary level.

Fernandez said to be dewormed are students aged five to 18 enrolled from public kindergarten to Senior High School.

He said proper coordination is being undertaken by the DOH and Department of Education (DepEd) with the parents of the students.

Each will be given 400 milligrams Albendazole chewable tablet on full stomach and under the close supervision of the school nurses and health workers.

“We are encouraging the parents to support the National School Deworming Month,” Fernandez said as he assured the medicine given to the children is safe as it passed the World Health Organization (WHO). (PNA)