INFECTIOUS DISEASES PROGRAM
THE implementation of infectious diseases program by Dagupan’s City Health office (CHO) has been adjudged the best in Region 1.
This was disclosed by City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera who added that Dagupan was also 3rd runner-up in the FLAME Award during the Pammadayaw ti DOH 2017 in San Fernando City, La Union on December 14.
Rivera said the Plaque of Recognition presented to Dagupan as the Best City in the Implementation of Infectious Diseases was in recognition of the city’s various programs against infectious diseases like dengue, the conduct of UBO patrol, rabies prevention and control programs and HIV/AIDS.
Under the Alagang Balon Dagupan program of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, the city established hotlines for anti-dengue and UBO Patrol to boost the city’s campaign, regularly issuing dengue and anti-TB alerts in the barangays. The hotlines receive text messages from patients or their relatives who cannot manage to go to the facility for check-up.
On the anti-dengue campaign, the city intensified campaign on ”Tanggal gulong sa bubong at silong”; misting operations; larvicidal treatment and lectures while distributing of leaflets and posting tarpaulins to further remind residents.
Flooded areas or sitios with stagnant waters are promptly filled with sand under Fernandez’s Operation Sitio program to destroy breeding areas of mosquitoes.
As a result, cases of dengue in the city in 2017 has decreased compared to 2016.
UBO patrol was established to monitor and treat those suffering from coughing lasting two weeks or more.
UBO patrollers, barangay nurses and health workers do regular house visits to identify patients and are promptly referred to the CHO for sputum examination and treatment.
The text hotline was also put in place so relatives can text the name and address of the person suffering from prolonged coughing, and UBO patrollers make the house visit and issue necessary referrals.
The city also implemented an extensive anti-rabies campaign and control program by augmenting vaccines from the Department of Health (DOH) to minimize costs to patients; conducted counseling and HIV testing to LGBT community, pregnant mothers, TB patients, CSWs and inmates at the city jail. These programs are conducted yearly by the CHO.
The FLAME Award, on the other hand, was in recognition of the city government’s contributions and dynamic strategies in implementing health reforms towards the attainment of Universal Health Care.
Soon the city will open its Laboratory Diagnostic Center and Lying-In clinic with a 5-10 bed capacity. The center will also provide free ECG, x-ray and ultrasound services. (CIO/JCB)
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