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VMC Kenya Chapter carries out Massive Deworming Exercise in Nairobi

Mukuru primary school is one of the largest public schools in Kenya with a student population of one thousand seven hundred (1700) with ages ranging between 4 and 16 years. It is located in one of the largest slums in Nairobi called Mukuru. Being a slum, it is adversely affected by poverty and poor sanitation, with a prevalence of diarrheal diseases and worm infestation in children below 15 years among others.

In commemoration of the World Hepatitis Day, in partnership with the offices for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Kenya, the VMC Kenya carried out a massive deworming project as one of the ways of addressing the health threats these students face. The students in the different classes were educated on how to prevent helminthic infections and the benefits of using deworming medicines, they were taught on sanitation and personal hygiene. In total, 1600 pupils received anti-helminthic medications.

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