Worms Infestation and solution
Over 93 million children around the world miss school because of high infestation of worms.
In the western part of kenya, worms infestation is high impeding children's education today and their development tomorrow. However because worm infestation in the region is very common, they are often not identified as a threat. having worms in the region is merely seen as a sign of childhood. The community where worms are devastating the lives of children, have lived with this problem for a very long time and have been accepting it as normal.
Despite their stealthy nature, worms do make a difference in children's lives, not only do they damage their lives but also limit their access to education and fault their overall development.
Infected children fail to attend school on a regular basis. They feel either too tired or too sick to leave their homes. Moreover, worm infected children are also affected psychologically resulting to poor performance at school
Worms exist in tropical and impoverished areas characterized by improper sanitation, limited access to clean water and overcrowding. They are spread when infected people defecate on the ground depositing eggs on the ground or when feces is used as a farm fertilizer. They gradually enter your body and consume nutrients that help build up your health causing sickness like kwashiorkor, marasmus and even lack of blood rendering you anemic.
The widespread infestation of worms has a simple and cost-effective solution which includes sensitization and mass deworming at schools and home with the assistance of community health workers and teachers at school. That's the only way we can stand up and fight worms for a better tomorrow of our small brothers and sisters.
By Sally Akivaga