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PHO: Declaration of ZOD brgys helps control schistosomiasis

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (PIA)–The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here noted the beneficial impact of declaring barangays under the “zero open defecation” or ZOD status in controlling the spread of schistosomiasis.

“This is one of the ways to break the lifecycle of schistosomiasis as individuals, especially in schistosomiasis endemic areas, would now dispose their excreta in toilets,” said Engr. George Demavivas of the PHO in local dialect during the Provincial Task Force Schistosomiasis Infection Control meeting Tuesday, December 7.

He said ZOD-declared barangays are required to appoint barangay sanitary inspectors (BSIs) to ensure proper hygiene and sanitation practices in their respective barangays.

The BSIs would also assist in the documentation of barangay activities related to the schistosomiasis control program.

Under the provincial government’s ZOD program, barangays are further expected to come up with a local policy to sustain their ZOD status.

Lanao del Norte is pushing for the declaration of more barangays under ZOD status for a sustainable healthy environment.

Apart from the provision of toilet bowls to barangays, Demavivas said the provincial government likewise allocated P500,000 funding a year for incentives and awards to barangays declared with ZOD status.

“The goal of having ZOD status in all barangays, especially in the remote areas, can be achieved if we put all our efforts together through ordinances, project implementation, performance monitoring, and aggressive goal setting,” Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo said last month during the ZOD declaration ceremony for Barangay Patudan in the municipality of Tubod. (APB/PIA Lanao del Norte)

 

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