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Gov't Carrying Out School Feeding Program in Drought Affected Areas

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Addis Ababa February 24, 2016 School feeding program is underway in drought affected areas with over 230 million birr so that citizens can attend schools without interruption, Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) disclosed.

In order to prevent the problem to be happened in the health sectors, early prevention activities are also being carried out in the areas by establishing mobile health posts.

GCAO Public and Media Relations Director Mohammed Seid said the government has been undertaking various activities to prevent a single dropout.

Particular attention is given to pastoralists so that they would not move in search of pasture and create disruption in the education system.

Data indicate that there are 2.1 million students exposed to the problem in drought affected areas.

So far education materials worth 42 million birr have been distributed to more than 750,000 students in six regions.

Food and water provisions are distributed and renovation of schools undertaken so as to make students stay in schools, it was learned.

Malnutrition in some areas has caused epidemic and diseases.

To prevent these medical services were reportedly given to more than 350,000 children.

Vaccinations and mosquito nets as well as health advice were given to citizens exposed to drought, according to the director.

Thus far the government has expended 1.7 billion birr to support the victims of drought.