STRESSING that the promotion of public health and protection of the community and the environment is vital in order to prevent another onset of gastrointestinal outbreak, such as diarrhea, cholera and gastroenteritis, the Department of Health (DOH) in is set to undergo the Training on Community-Led Total Sanitation for sanitary inspectors of Palawan.
Mimaropa is composed of the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.
“We want all sanitary inspectors and health personnel at the local level to be properly equipped and trained on the organization, management, education, enforcement, consultation and emergency response for the prevention of environmental health hazards in the community,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said.
He said the major cause in the transmission and spread of gastrointestinal infections, such as intestinal parasitism, is improper waste disposal. It is also responsible for the contamination of water-supply sources that can result to outbreaks of diseases like cholera and gastroenteritis.
The four-day training is slated on November 7-10, 2017, with focus on the proper identification of pathogens, their signs and symptoms, causes and prevention.
“Sustainable sanitation can only be achieved through the support of the local government units and local health officers. By recognizing their responsibility and providing them the necessary tools and skills, outbreaks and disease transmission at the local level can be avoided immediately,” Janairo said.
The Water and Sanitation Division of the Environmental and Occupational Health Office of the DOH identified environment factors such as air and water pollution, sanitation conditions and hygiene practices that contribute to the spread of diseases and accounts for 22 percent of the reported illnesses and 6 percent of the reported deaths in the country.
“The reality is that open defecation is still being practiced in many areas of the country, especially in provinces where there is lack of access to water supply and inadequate basic sanitation,” Janairo said.
To reduce this practice, the regional office has been providing toilet bowls and distributed a total of 400 pieces in various provinces including 100 bowls to Quezon, Palawan; 60 units to Concepcion, Romblon; 100 to Bansud, Oriental Mindoro; 60 to Araceli, Palawan; and 80 to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
“Slowly but surely, with the support of LGUs, we can improve and develop these areas and provide the necessary health and environment safeguards,” Janairo said.