By Stanley Onyekwere
Parents have been urged to ensure effective monitoring of their children and to prevent them from contracting a disease, snail fever, otherwise known as Schistomiases.
This advice was given by Head of academics, Berries World Montessori Nursery and Primary School, Bwari-Abuja, Miss Justina Tunde.
Tunde advised parents to avoid allowing their children play or walk
bare-footed in erosion or flood waters, caused by rain or muddy areas, as well as avoid swimming in open waters and to boil or filter their water before drinking.
The educationalist who spoke during a one day seminar for parents of pupils in the school in Abuja, opined that children were at higher risk of contracting the disease, just as she advised parents to be extra cautious about it.
While presenting a chart tagged, ‘Community Directed Distributor and Teachers for Schistomiasis Prevention and Treatment’ issued by the Federal Ministry of Health, Tunde stressed that the lecture became necessary after receiving a directive from the Federal Ministry of Health to engage parents on the campaign against schistomiasis.
She therefore cautioned parents to allow water pumped by a borehole to be heated by the sun before use, adding that the snail fever parasites hardly survive under heat.
According to her, “The disease is parasitic in nature it is caused by blood fluke known as schistosomes and are usually transmitted from
fresh water like lakes, ponds, rivers, dams and the likes.
“These parasite survives in water treated with chlorine, but when you boil or allow pumped water be heated by the sun, for some time before use, it kills them.
“Also, ensure you wash vegetables and fruits, like the watermelon thoroughly before eating. This is because, once an infected person goes to the toilet and does not wash his or her hands well, they pass the parasites to the foods.”