Quezon IPHO starts massive filariasis prevention campaign

November 5, 2014 12:39 am 

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Nov. 4 -– The provincial government of Quezon, through the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) started the massive campaign to eradicate the disease Filariasis, by providing free medication pills to all the provincial employees.

The campaign is part of the Filariasis Awareness and Mass Drug Administration Month with the theme “Filariasis Sugpuin, Gamot ay Inumin Isang Beses Isang Taon sa Loob ng Limang Taon.”

Dr. Agripino Tullas, Integrated Provincial Health Officer, said the campaign is based on Executive Order 369 s. 2004 declaring the month of November as Filariasis Mass Treatment Month. The activity is supervised by the Department of Health (DOH) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Local Government Unit (LGU).

Quezon is declared as endemic province for Filariasis in 2010 due to that year’s study in Alabat showing 26 Filariasis incidents out of 700 tested for the disease. It was closely followed by six out of 500 tested cases in the town of Burdeos.

Dr. Tullas reported that 2013 studies of the same towns reveal a dramatic drop of Filariasis cases: the former 26 in Alabat went down to 8 and the 8 positive cases in Burdeos went down to 2 incidents.

Dr. Tullas attributed the decrease to the mass drug administration as compliance with the most effective and inexpensive recommendation of the World Health Organization, to prevent the spread of the microfilaria transmitted by mosquitoes to humans.

The IPHO officer encourage the whole citizenry to help eliminate the threat of this disease by taking diethylcarbamazine citrate and albendazole once a year for five consecutive years to attain Gov. David “Jay-Jay” Suarez’s ultimate goal of the province declared as Filariasis free province. (PNA)

LAP/BELINDA M. OTORDOZ/EDS

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