Baguio health programs still right on target

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The City Health Services Office (CHSO) stated that the implementation of the city government’s health-related programs and projects for this year are still right on target amidst the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response to prevent its rapid spread in the city that might compromise the existing health care system.

Dr. Donabel Tubera-Panes, head of the CHSO’s infectious disease cluster, said the different district health centers in the city continue to perform their duties and responsibilities pursuant to their mandate aside from being actively involved in the ongoing COVID-19 response efforts to ensure that other health-related concerns of the residents will be effectively and efficiently addressed.

She added that because of the vigilance of the health workers, in close coordination with the barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs), the CHSO was able to identify some clustering of dengue fever cases on some areas in the city where appropriate mitigating measures and strategies had been employed to address the said problem.

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Further, the CHSO official disclosed some patches of food poisoning had also been identified in some areas around the city but the same were immediately addressed with the victims being treated either in the district health centers or in the nearest medical facility.

According to her, the different health programs and projects of the city, such as the immunization, tuberculosis control and prevention, health awareness campaign, had been implemented by the assigned health personnel from the different district health centers thus health-related issues and concerns had been immediately acted upon.

She claimed that the food poisoning in some parts of the city had been caused by people having to stay home and experiment on different ways to cook their food but such cases had been immediately addressed.

Panes asserted the different illnesses and diseases are still with us and the CHSO continues to strongly advocate for the public’s adherence to standard health and safety protocols, especially now where the pandemic warrants people to be extra careful in attending to their daily activities to ensure that they will not contract the deadly virus.

The medical officer emphasized the best way for the public not to contract any illness that will compromise their health condition is for them to continue practicing personal hygiene, maintaining cleanliness inside and outside their residences, and seeking the proper health advise from health personnel when suffering from conditions that are not regularly being experienced.

Moreover, she reiterated the need for most people to stay at home during this pandemic, aside from adhering to the prescribed minimum health standards such as the mandatory wearing of face masks and shields, and observance of physical distancing at all times.

By Dexter A. See

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