CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Department of Health (DOH)-10 and local government units (LGUs) are implementing mandatory reporting of notifiable diseases and health events of public health concerns in cooperation of public and private doctors, and other allied medical personnel to gather data and impede the spread of communicable diseases within the region.
Republic Act 11332 otherwise known as the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act” mandates all health workers in all levels to report in an efficient and effective disease surveillance system.
“It is important that they can report the relevant data within 24 hours so the Department of Health can do contact tracing activities within what they reported,” DOH-10 Health Education and Promotion Officer (HEPO) Aian Rebollido Caridad shared.
The new law acknowledges the disease surveillance and response systems of the DOH and its local counterparts as the first line of defense against epidemics or any circumstances that may pose a health threat to the public. (VPSB/PIA10)