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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 30, 2012


Health campaign in Capiz continues

by Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 30 (PIA6) -- Health officials in Capiz continue to conduct intensified advocacies to maintain the low cases of different preventable diseases.

Provincial Health Information Officer Joeffry Espiritu said that a year-round health education and information campaign is to be done to ensure that the public will be fully aware of the different diseases that can be prevented if only given attention.

The continuous and intensified health campaign is in line with the thrust in the Philippine Development Plan, particularly towards improved health services, disease control and sanitation.

For instance, the dengue disease can be prevented by proper cleaning and environmental sanitation, he stressed.

Espiritu likewise said that parents should make sure that their children are given vaccine to preventing diseases such as measles.

Records from the Capiz Epidemiological Surveillance and Response Unit (CESRU) showed that there was also a 97 percent decline in the number of dengue cases last year compared to that in 2010.

Espiritu likewise said that there was a significant decrease in rabies cases, acute bloody diarrhea, acute hemorrhagic fever, acute viral hepatitis, bacterial meningitis, influenza-like illness, malaria and typhoid and paratyphoid fever last year compared to the previous year.

However, a significant increase in the cases of leptospirosis and measles was noted last year compared to that in 2010.

Espiritu has called on the public anew to take extra precaution against the different diseases which are very common especially with changing climatic conditions.

Among those he cited include flu, dengue, leptospirosis, cough and other water-borne diseases. (JSC/JBG-PIA6 Capiz)

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