The move follows findings that the district’s population has a big prevalence of the two diseases due to the use of water from ponds that is neither safe nor clean.
This was disclosed the Itilima District Medical Officer Dr Anord Msiba at a training seminar of officials from the district’s more than 100 villages who will be involved in the dispensing of the drugs.
Dr Msiba said the exercise that will begin in November this year will be implemented by the District Council in collaboration with World Vision through its project in fighting the diseases.
“The exercise will reach a total of 102,000 children and will be conducted at primary and secondary schools, and those who will not be found at the schools we shall follow them at their homes,” he said.
He said World Vision has assured that the project will be 100 per cent successful according the target by the District Council.
World Vision’s Coordinator of the project Irene Abushee said apart from their drugs assistance, the institution has also been digging wells for clean and safe water.
“Under our five-year programme we will drill 11 bore holes for clean and safe water, and we have also established groups to mobilise the community to stop using water that is unsafe and unclean that is the cause of the diseases,” she said.
Earlier, when opening the training seminar, Itilima District Commissioner Benson Kilangi appealed to the community to protect themselves against the diseases, and not just wait for the government or other stakeholders to do so for them.