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Government of Pakistan Ministry of Planning Development & Reform Government has inaugurated the first ever “Islamabad Deworming Initiative “which will deworm 250,000 children in first phase at all Government Schools in Islamabad out of the 570,000 children aged between 5-15 who are at risk of infection with intestinal worms. Kanwal Shauzab

Dated : 30 January 2019

Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Planning Development & Reform Kanwal Shauzab said that Prime minster of Pakistan in his first speech to the nation expressed serious concerns on high prevalence of stunting among children and intestinal worm infestation is one of the major reasons. She said that to cater this urgent need Ministry of Planning has initiated school based deworming program for children between 5-15 years with the collaboration of Ministry of Federal Education and Miinistry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.


While addressing the inauguration session, Parliamentary Secretary Kanwal Shauzab said that trained school teachers will administer free of cost deworming medicine, which is universally recognized as a safe and cost effective treatment.

Kanwal Shauzab highlighted that the worm infections interfere with nutrient uptake, can lead to anemia, malnourishment and impaired mental and physical development, and pose a serious threat to children’s health, education and productivity. A survey found that approximately 17 million children across Pakistan are in need of regular deworming.

Parliamentary Secretary said that a training cascade structure has been implemented to train teachers from selected schools given deworming tablets, necessary information and advocacy material. She further stated that the community mobilization campaigns have been launched to encourage participation of both enrolled and non-enrolled children. To facilitate programmatic improvements, a strong monitoring and evaluation system is being adopted.


The Parliamentary Secretary asked administers the deworming tablets to school going children to mark the initiation of mass school based deworming. Deworming day is set to be conducted on 31st Jan , 2019 in Islamabad for all children aged between 5 to 15.