CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Although the onslaught of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has eaten up huge amount of government resources, the Department of Health (DOH) – 10 has assured the public that the health department continues to attend to other “notifiable diseases” which pose threat to public health.
“Even with this pandemic, we still haven’t forgotten other infectious diseases affecting our population. In fact, some of these notifiable diseases are more harmful in terms of mortality and morbidity here in the region,” DOH-10 Regional Director Adriano Suba-an shared.
Notifiable diseases are diseases that must be reported to public health authorities at the time it is diagnosed because it is potentially dangerous to human or animal health.
As of Jan. 1 to May 16, DOH-10 has recorded 3,632 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever, 2,736 cases of influenza-like illnesses, 664 cases of Typhoid Fever, 396 cases of Measles, and 291 cases of Acute Bloody Diarrhea. These are the top five illnesses currently monitored by the DOH with dengue as top one.
“For Dengue, we are still pushing for the 5S campaign: Search and Destroy, Self-protection by using repellant, Seeking early consultation, Support of fogging and misting in hotspot areas, and Sustain hydration,” Suba-an said.
As the looming monsoon season comes, DOH-10 urges everyone to have their children vaccinated, use the 5S in combating dengue, maintain a healthy Lifestyle, and utilize health centers, as they continue providing free services such as consultation, immunization, family planning, prenatal services, and others. (VPSB/PIA10)