BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) – Caraga has strengthened its campaign to eliminate mosquito transmitted-diseases by declaring the month of November as filariasis and malaria consciousness month.
It was declared through the Executive Order No. 369 and Presidential Proclamation No. 1168, respectively.
November shall also be the month for the annual mass treatment against filariasis.
“The annual mass treatment is an approach which involves the entire community in killing microscopic worms and controlling mosquitoes,” DOH-Caraga assistant regional director Cesar Cassion said.
In the region, three provinces have already been declared filaria-free: Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur. Whereas, only Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands were declared as malaria-free provinces.
“This is actually the global campaign to eliminate the said diseases. Prioritizing the vulnerable population, we will never stop our efforts to combat the diseases until the entire region is declared free of such,” Cassion said.
Filariasis is an infection caused by microscopic, thread-like worms called filarial worms and is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito which develops into adult worms. It causes great damage and overwhelming swelling known as lymphoedema. The best way to prevent lymphatic filariasis is to avoid mosquito bites. While, Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by plasmodium parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. And to prevent and reduce Malaria transmission, vector control is the main tactic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends protection for all people through the use of mosquito nets or insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying.
To date, DOH Caraga is on the verge of preventing and controlling the mosquito-transmitted diseases until its region wide elimination.
– Philippine Information Agency