By Zubairu Idris, Kano.
The Federal Government is poised to deworm 10 million primary school pupils enrolled into the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSF).
The de-worming is designed to boost the health status of the pupils.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said in Kano on Wednesday that her ministry would conduct the de-worming.
She spoke at the opening of a training of trainers for the implementation of the national deworming and school feeding programme.
Umar-Farouq said that the exercise would be implemented in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health.
The minister was represented by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), Mr Muhammad Nasiru-Mahmud.
Umar-Farouq noted that President Buhari introduced the NSIP, which also encompassed the NHGSF, to boost pupils’ enrolment and enhance nutrition.
“More than 10 million children are being fed under the programme nationwide. More than 1.2 million of them are in Kano State.
“No matter how you feed the children, if they have worms, they will be sharing the food with the worms; hence the need to deworm them,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the programme’s focal person in Kano State, Alhaji Baba Aminu-Zubairu, said that the state government had also introduced its own school feeding programme for pupils in Primary Four to Primary Six.
He noted that the school feeding programme had increased pupils’ enrolment, while contributing to the success of the state government’s policy on free and compulsory education.
“According to census conducted recently, there is an increase of about 700,000 pupils in the state, the number has now increased to more than two million,’’ Aminu-Zubairu said.