Guv: Protect students from health risks

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda met with provincial medical practitioners, rural health workers and principals of various public schools in Pampanga and called for consolidated efforts in ensuring the health safety of students in the province.

The health summit held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on Monday in this city focused on addressing health issues on food preparation in schools as well as preventing serious communicable diseases like tuberculosis.

The summit also discussed ways on how to keep schools safe from the threat of dengue mosquitoes. The facilitators of the talks were experts of the Department of Health.

First among the several lectures was on drug cases in schools and drug abuse by Glen Guillermo, chief public information officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Guillermo discussed the role of teachers and school officials in the enforcement of the Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002.”

Dr. Leah Milan from the JGDC Safe Food Solution stressed the importance of food safety and proper food handling especially in public school canteens.

Another important subject in the health summit is the province’s current dengue situation wherein Pampanga recorded a higher number of patients, compared to the previous year.

Recently, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DoH) Regional Office 3 recorded a total of 2,520 dengue cases in the province of Pampanga from January to September 5, 2015, 66 percent higher compared to the 1,519 cases in the same period in 2014.

According to the records of the DOH, majority of the victims are males from aged 11 to 20 years old.

Records also show that Pampanga has the third highest dengue cases in Central Luzon, following Bulacan with 3,571 and Tarlac, 3,174.

Pineda said that there should be a united effort to protect children in schools from health risks.

She added that the province is ready to respond with assistance in case schools are unable to address health issues by themselves.

The summit was attended by 1,000 participants including public school teachers, representatives from the Department of Education medical division, municipal health officers, and rural health workers.

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