DepEd, CHO urged to intensify info drive on leptospirosis

BACOLOD City Councilor Cindy Rojas urged the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Bacolod in coordination with the City Health Office (CHO) to intensify the information and education campaign regarding threat of leptospirosis this rainy season.

Rojas, chairperson of the city council committee on health, said Friday, August 23, the Department of Health has identified leptospirosis, a bacterial disease, as one of the most dangerous diseases that can be acquired this rainy season.

“A person can acquire leptospirosis when there is an entry of the leptospira bacteria through wounds when in contact with flood waters, vegetation, moist soil contaminated with the urine of infected animals, especially rats,” she said.

She added the CHO is the implementing arm of the Bacolod City in ensuring that Bacolodnons are accorded with the benefit of having a dynamic and responsive healthcare program.

Rojas noted Presidential Decree No. 491, Section 2, Declaration of Policy, provides that the Government of the Philippines hereby declares that nutrition is now a priority of the government to be implemented by all branches of the government in an integrated fashion.

Rojas disclosed that all Bacolodnons should work hand in hand in order to combat the threat of leptospirosis by ensuring that our respective surroundings are clean.

Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Council approved a resolution enjoining the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in coordination with the City Engineer’s Office to facilitate the clearing of trees with overgrown branches that causes obstruction and possible accidents that might be detrimental to the safety of houses as well as the riding public.

The resolution, authored by Rojas, stated that the DRRMO is the prime office of under the local government of Bacolod that is in charge of ensuring that the city is safe from any possible accident caused by strong winds while the CEO is also the implementing arm of the city in removing such obstructions that might cause accidents along the major roads in Bacolod.

“The country is now under the rainy season, and we are more or less expecting a considerable number of weather disruptions that might be carrying strong winds,” Rojas said. (MAP)


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