Sunday, September 2, 2012

DOH launches anti-dengue, leptospirosis, diarrhea campaign in Central Luzon

BACOLOR, Pampanga, September 2, 2012-The Department of Health-Center for Health  Development in Region 3 (DOH-CHD-3) launched its “Oplan: Kontra Dengue, Leptospirosis and Diarrhea (DLD)” on Wednesday to address the expected rise of such diseases due to the flooding in the region.

Present on the two-day regional sanitation summit with the theme, “Oplan: Kontra DLD pag-ibayuhin, Proper hygiene isabuhay at panatilihin,” were Health Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, health and sanitation workers from all the seven provinces of the region, and representatives of partner agencies.

The health regional director stated that amid and after floods, the DOH is prepared for the expected occurrence of said diseases.

She announced that free doxycycline to prevent and cure leptospirosis is available to those exposed in flood water on health centers and DOH-retained hospital like the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBL).

Through the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD), the health department stays vigilant to eliminate dengue cases at a level that it is no longer a public health threat.

In case of diarrhea, Gorgolon advised the intake of Oral Rehydration Solution (Oresol) to prevent dehydration.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez urged the public, not only those who attended the summit, to be part of maintaining cleanliness in the environment because DLD is considered as an environment problem due to unhygienic environment.

Through this, Rodriguez believes that DLD cases will be prevented and controlled.

The city mayor is also positive on Gorgolon’s suggestion to conduct sanitation inspection on establishments such as restaurants and canteens as part of the sanitation drive. (Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu)


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