Enugu – The Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) says it has de-wormed no fewer than 300,000 pupils across the 17 local government areas of the state.
The state Chairperson of the board, Ms Nneka Onuorah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday that the exercise commenced since June, 2015 in the three senatorial zones of the state.
Onuorah said that the pupils also underwent ear, eye and nose screening to ensure fitness for quality education.
She said that it trained some teachers on how to administer the drugs on the children, adding that the exercise would henceforth be an annual event.
“The state government has planned to include it in the budget so every year we will ensure that the children are de-wormed.
“We are happy that the drugs, Embendezol, were given to us free by the Federal Ministry of Health.
“We are also collaborating with the state and federal ministries of education and health, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF in the exercise,’’ she said.
The chairperson said the board would do everything possible to improve basic education in the state, including welfare packages for teachers and pupils. (NAN)