City Health Office launches DOH campaign at city jail, prepares for summer-related diseases

February 18, 2015 6:07 am 

By Zen Trinidad

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Feb. 17 (PNA) — The City Health Office (CHO) of Calamba headed by Dr. Adelino Labro M.D. launched the Department of Health (DOH) campaign dubbed “Go Smoke Free, Go Slow sa Tagay, Go Sustansya at Go Sigla” to fight communicable diseases and diseases of the heart at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Turbina Village, this city on Monday.

Dr. Labro said smoking is now banned at the BJMP not only among inmates but also officials and visitors in compliance with Civil Service Commission Memorandum No. 17, s. 2009 to safeguard the health of employees and the public.

In a simple program during the launching, the inmates and CHO staff offered dance presentations.

Meanwhile, Dr. Labro said in an interview that the CHO staff are actively conducting information drive on the recent publicized Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS CoV) scare in the City of San Pedro as well as the possible diseases attributed to summer.

Dr. Labro said that MERS CoV is acquired through close contacts with infected people.

”The city government provided a vehicle dedicated to transport patients with communicable diseases. That is the best we can do since we are not equipped with facilities to treat patients with communicable diseases such as MERS CoV and Ebola,” Dr. Labro said. “We either send them immediately to the Batangas Regional Hospital or to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) of DOH to contain the spread of the disease in such event.”

The CHO is making preparations for possible season-related diseases through acquisition of needed materials and conducting a series of information drives.

"Anticipating the onset of summer, we are conducting series of village information drive on the possible diseases caused by extreme exposure to heat and even on the coming cold weather we have already ordered the necessary chemicals for misting against dengue usually prevalent in cold season,” Dr. Labro added. (PNA)

LAP/ZEN TRINIDAD/EDS

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