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Monday, July 25, 2016

DOH holds health advocacy orientation

by: Rhea Grace A. La Plana

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay – The Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with the Sibugay Provincial Health Office (PHO) conducted on Friday, July 22, a training of trainers on Zika virus and other health programs at Ricomar Restaurant here.

“DOH is geared toward preventing and controlling infectious diseases from becoming public health problems. We are in all out effort to reduce emerging and re-emerging infectious health problems” Mr. Cristobert D. Bermudez, development management officer of the DOH said.

“The emerging infectious diseases are those newly identified or previously unknown infections whose incidence threatens to increase in the near future while the re-emerging infectious illnesses are infections secondary to the reappearance of a previously eliminated diseases or an unexpected increase in the number of previously known infectious diseases,” he explained.

Development Management Officer Erlita S. Taray also intensively discussed dengue, Zika virus and Chikungunya, saying, “it is very important to search and destroy potential breeding sites in order to prevent the spread of the Aedes mosquitoes that serve as the vector of the virus.”

Representing Provincial Health Officer Ulysses Chiong, Ms. Florna R. Agbayani, supervising administrative officer and chief of the technical division of the PHO expressed her gratitude to the support extended by the participants, as she emphasized that prevention and cure are the very core of responding appropriately to the emerging and re-emerging diseases.

Moreover, Ms. Angelica Panganiban, head of the DOH’s Health Emergency Management Staff also apprised the participants that a total of 220 dengue cases have been recorded in the province, one case on Chikungunya at Barangay Tipan in Naga town, and none for Zika virus.

DOH is urging everyone to be active in community programs and to give utmost importance to health, strengthen surveillance and preparedness for any health problem.