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DOH: Multi-interventions needed to control schistosomiasis

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (PIA)–The Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao underscored the need for multi-interventions to eradicate schistosomiasis infections in the province.

During the meeting of the Provincial Task Force for Schistosomiasis Infection Control on Tuesday, December 7, Dr. Josephine Ibalio, regional program manager for vector-borne diseases, emphasized that each of the member-government agencies plays a critical part in eliminating schistosomiasis in identified endemic areas.

She said government agencies can come up with programs or projects which are doable in Lanao del Norte province. These, she said, are in addition to the mass drug administration being undertaken to treat positive cases.

Ibalio cited as an example the road development undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways in Bukidnon province which contributed to the declaration of some barangays there as schistosomiasis-free.

She also stressed the crucial roles of the Agriculture Department and Provincial Veterinary Office in controlling the source of infection. 

“There are two sources of infection – human and animal. Sa human side, we have solved that somewhat kasi we are giving treatment. Pero sa (but on the) side of animal, wala pa may (there is no) program like that of human where we do stool exam, determine if positive, then we treat,” she further said.

The tourism office, on the other hand, can also support strengthening the schistosomiasis control program by including in the accreditation requirements especially for tourism sites within the endemic areas a certification that such site is schistosomiasis-free.

For the Department of Interior and Local Government, it can assist in monitoring the functionality of Barangay Schistosomiasis Task Forces.

“Schistosomiasis belongs to the neglected tropical diseases….wala kaayo siyang (it has very little) funding and support from agencies, and even sa (in the) Department of Health gamay ra pud ang attention nga nahatag (very little attention was given to it). But in the past years, we have come to realize that ‘together’ we can do something about schistosomiasis so that it will not anymore become a neglected disease,” said Ibalio. (APB/PIA Lanao del Norte)