International Needs Ghana (INGH), a Christian Organisation has dewormed about 200 school children, from nursery, lower and upper primary of the Abolato D/A Basic school at Nyokoko in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region.
The exercise was in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the District Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as part of planned activities contributing to the health and physical development of the learners.
Before the deworming exercise, the pupils were taken through practical body and oral hygiene with emphasis on basic techniques in hand washing in school and at home.
Mr Benjamin Awah, the Programme Officer of INGH, who spoke with the Ghana News Agency in an interview during the exercise, said the health and physical development of the child was very important, without which the child could be deprived of attaining academic prowess.
He said INGH was using the deworming exercise as a key component to reduce the negative impact of worms on the children, “when the children are dewormed, it will contribute to improve their attendance to school and participation in class activities “, he said.
According to the Programme Officer, through INGH’s child assistance programme, 100 pupils from the school and over 2000 participants were being assisted annually through school and apprenticeship with relevant educational materials which would contribute to their holistic development.
In 2021, the INGH supported the school with books, teaching and learning materials, furniture for the lower and primary level, as well as PPEs.
Mr Awah said INGH had been working with the Nyokoko community for 20 years by implementing various interventions to realize the vision of transformed lives and changed communities.
Mr Thomas Adiyuure Azure, a Planning Officer of GES, also told the GNA in an interview, said the interventions of INGH such as the donation of furniture, teaching and learning materials to the Abolato Primary school had increased enrolment.