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PIA Press Release
2007/06/14

Cleanliness and sanitation key to eliminating water-borne diseases, says health official

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (14 June) -- Cleanliness and sanitation is the key to get rid of water borne diseases like dengue and diarrhea, said Teresita Vergara, Supervising Sanitary Inspector of the Integrated Provincial Health Office.

Vergara emphasized that in order to prevent the spread of diseases especially this rainy season, families should maintain a clean and sanitary environment to eliminate harborage of insects that causes sickness like mosquitoes, flies and fleas.

During the onset of rainy season, PHO reported sporadic cases of water borne diseases like diarrhea and respiratory infections but not of alarming proportions. No reported dengue case so far, said Vergara.

As disease prevention strategy, PHO in coordination with the municipal governments, is regularly conducting information dissemination and advocacy on environmental sanitation and healthy lifestyle. They continue to advocate simultaneous clean up drive every 4 o'clock in the afternoon in schools, public places and households to ward off dreaded mosquitoes.

Vergara also urged barangay officials to report to Municipal Sanitary Inspectors sources of unsafe drinking water for proper inspection and treatment.

The PHO is currently undertaking an assessment of environmental sanitation programs of different municipalities in the province to ensure they conform to health standards. They are also undertaking inspection of public markets, food establishments and checking health certificates of workers involved in food processing and restaurants.

Vergara urged municipal and barangay officials to make health sanitation program their priority and provide funds for its implementation to help stamp out preventable communicable diseases. (PIA) [top]

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