The country's "nits epidemic" is under attack with the
introduction of free head lice treatment to families in low
decile schools, the Government says.
Funding of nearly $1 million is being provided by the
Ministry of Social Development to tackle the troublesome
parasite, minister Paula Bennett said today.
"Although nits are found in all schools, children from low
decile schools, and particularly their parents, could use
help in dealing with nits," she said.
"Treatment can typically cost $30. Combine that with several
heads in the household and the problem becomes extremely
expensive. This initiative will allow for whole families to
be treated if necessary."
Each school would have a special chair installed - similar to
that at a hairdressers - and enough combs and bottles of
treatment to destroy the relentless vermin, Ms Bennett said.
Schools in Christchurch, Kaitaia, Opotiki, Ruatoria,
Taumaranui, Porirua and Hastings would be the first to roll
out the treatment that will be extended to 117 low decile
Mrs Bennett says the initial rollout will cover 24,000