More than 16,000 pre-school and elementary students in Puerto Princesa City took part in the nationwide de-worming day led by the Department of Health and the Department of Education.
Dr. Ruth Gejon, head of the medical section of the Puerto Princesa City Schools Division, said there were 16,462 students that were given chewable de-worming tablets.
The program aims to eradicate soil transmitted helminthiasis or commonly called hookworm common in school children.
The worms affect their nutrition and their school performance, Gejon said.
“There were no negative reports after the students were given the chewable de-worming tablets,” she said.