CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- The Department of Health (DOH) is urging residents in Central Luzon to maintain a clean and healthy environment for good health.
The DOH, through its Center for Health Development (CLCHD), made the call as part of its campaign on "healthy environment for healthy body."
The agency said this is in line with the celebration of World Environmental Health Day on Tuesday, September 26.
Environmental Health focuses on the aspects of human health and diseases that are determined by environmental factors.
The program refers to the assessment and control of environmental factors that can affect health.
One in every four mortalities worldwide can be claimed as environmental health related, the DOH CLCHD noted.
It added that among the diseases or causes of deaths considered as environmental health related are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute watery diarrhea, tuberculosis, cancer, and accidents.
“This is critical because the affected population is not only matured individuals but also children, senior citizens, individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals with poor nutrition,” the DOH CLCHD said.
The public is urged to participate in the healthy environment campaign which includes planting trees, conserving water and electricity, practicing proper waste disposal, avoiding open burning, and joining clean-up drives.
This year’s celebration of World Environmental Health Day is themed “Protektahan ang #Kapwaligiran para sa ating kalusugan, araw-araw.”
“The main objective of World Environmental Health Day is to spread awareness among people across the globe about environmental health. It is all about endorsing the well-being of humans through the well-being of the environment,” the DOH CLCHD said.