Davao Oriental eliminates malaria and filariasis

UNVEILING OF THE SEAL- Gov. Corazon Malanyaon together with DOH XI Regional Director Dr. Abdullah Dumama and DOH Undersecretary for Technical Services, Dr. Vicente Belisario, Jr. unveil the Seal for Davao Oriental Filariasis-Free and Malaria-Free Status.

UNVEILING OF THE SEAL- Gov. Corazon Malanyaon together with DOH XI Regional Director Dr. Abdullah Dumama and DOH Undersecretary for Technical Services, Dr. Vicente Belisario, Jr. unveil the Seal for Davao Oriental Filariasis-Free and Malaria-Free Status.

PROVINCE OF DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Department of Health (DOH) officially declared the Province of Davao Oriental free of malaria and filariasis. 

During the ceremonial declaration and awarding on April 20 at the Provincial Capitol, DOH Undersecretary for Technical Services, Dr. Vicente Belisario, Jr., lauded Davao Oriental’s feat for eliminating two major public health diseases.

“This is a major feat because you have eliminated filariasis and malaria which are public health problems that are greatly associated with poverty,” he said.

DOH Undersecretary for Technical Services, Dr. Vicente Belisario, Jr.,

DOH Undersecretary for Technical Services, Dr. Vicente Belisario, Jr.,

The elimination of these mosquito-borne diseases has been attributed to the Provincial Government’s years of rigid implementation of disease-control programs.

Provincial Health Officer I, Dr. Joy Sanico, said that the elimination of these public health diseases involves considerable amount of time and effort. She listed several strategies in eliminating these diseases which include among others: early detection and prompt treatment, case surveillance, capability-building among municipal health workers, and increasing public awareness through extensive information, education, and communication campaign, among many others. In the case of filariasis, the Public Health Office has been giving prophylaxis treatment to susceptible and predisposed groups particularly in far-flung areas.

In order to efficiently implement sustainable set of measures to ensure that filariasis and malaria will continually be eliminated as a public health problem here in the province, the DOH has turned over to the Provincial Government a total of P 2 million cash grant for filariasis and malaria control which will further boost the province’s disease-control programs.

In order to efficiently implement sustainable set of measures to ensure that filariasis and malaria will continually be eliminated as a public health problem here in the province, the DOH has turned over to the Provincial Government a total of P 2 million cash grant for filariasis and malaria control which will further boost the province’s disease-control programs.

In order to efficiently implement sustainable set of measures to ensure that filariasis and malaria will continually be eliminated as a public health problem here in the province, the DOH has turned over to the Provincial Government a total of P 2 million cash grant for filariasis and malaria control which will further boost the province’s disease-control programs.

DOH XI Regional Director Dr. Abdullah Dumama said he is very proud of this achievement and hopes that Davao Oriental’s malaria and filariasis-free status would indeed be sustained.

He thanked all the stakeholders, particularly the health workers in the frontline for their contributions on this milestone. “This achievement will not be possible without their efforts,” he said.

He also lauded the Provincial Government’s efforts in championing public health. “Davao Oriental is truly a model province not only here in the region but in other regions as well,” he said.

For her part, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon thanked the DOH for supporting her advocacies on public health that contributed in uplifting health services to the people of Davao Oriental.

In the region, Davao Oriental is the first to be declared as malaria-free and third as filariasis-free. KLD/ Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

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