The importance of deworming

The importance of deworming
A medic holding intestinal worms

Worm infestations remain a significant health concern in Uganda, particularly among children.

According to recent studies, over 7 million children under the age of five are estimated to be infected with intestinal worms, such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

Surprisingly, intestinal worms can lead to malnutrition and stunted growth, affecting a child's appetite and nutrient absorption.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Kutamba, a seasoned pediatrician at health haven children’s’ clinic, “in some cases individuals infected with worms may experience increased hunger due to the parasites consuming nutrients from their bodies, leading to a vicious cycle of overeating without adequate nourishment’’.

Dr. Kutamba further notes, worm infestations can cause a range of health problems, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, anemia, and fatigue.

In severe cases, they can impair cognitive development and hinder educational attainment among children. Furthermore, certain types of worms, such as schistosomiasis, can lead to long-term complications if left untreated, including liver and kidney damage.

Deworming plays a crucial role in protecting the health and well-being of individuals, especially children.

By administering safe and effective deworming treatments, families can: eradicate parasitic infections, reducing the risk of associated health complications such as malnutrition, anemia, and impaired growth.

By eliminating worms from the body, deworming treatments enable individuals to better absorb nutrients from food, supporting healthy growth and development.

Regular deworming not only treats existing infections but also helps prevent the spread of worms within communities, contributing to overall public health and hygiene.

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