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Official says Info drive vs monkeypox intensified

THE City Health Office (CHO) has expanded its information drive on monkeypox as  only five health districts have yet to participate in the activities related to the program.

Dr. Kristy June Dayanan, CHO-Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (EREID) unit head, said that the 13 health districts have been covered in terms of information drive on the disease.

“For the awareness training, we have five districts left na wala pata’y,” Dayanan said in referring to Paquibato, Sasa, Agdao, Talomo South, and Talomo Central.

She added that the activities are not only for barangay health workers, but for other officials and employees of the barangays who are willing to get educated on the illness. “Dili ginapili kinsa, amo lang kinsa ang willing and gusto mu-attend sa orientation,” she said.

Topics on the orientation include the prevention and management of monkeypox cases as participants of the training are also requested to re-echo what they learn during the activities to other people in their villages.

She added that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has also started setting the criteria on the request of the city government for the recalibration of molecular laboratories in the city in catering to monkeypox as the guidelines will be adopted by local government units.

“For our isolation facility in BSP Malagos, trained na ang atong medical personnel, and gi-una namo sila og training even their utility workers nga mulaba ug mulimpyo for the isolation facilities. Ang Rapid team nga maoy mu-transport sa cases, gi-una namo sila og train adtong August 25),” Dayanan said, adding that the Southern Philippines Medical Center has also prepared as it is the referral hospital.

She went on to urge the public to continue practicing the health protocols not only to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but also in preventing monkeypox from entering the city. “Ipadayon lang nato social distance, hugas og kamot pirmi ug sakto nga pagsuot sa face mask,” she said.


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