Following reports of increases in Food and Water-borne Disease (FWBD) cases, and in line with the recent activation of the IACEH, DOH OIC Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire met with local chief executives from the provincial government, as well as from various municipalities in the province of Maguindanao to discuss the effects of tropical storm #PaengPH and other heath concerns in the province.
During the discussion, Maguindanao Governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu showcased local efforts to advance primary care through provision of outreach primary care services using mobile facilities. On the other hand, the DOH OIC pledged her support to provide medicines and other commodities to aid typhoon relief and service provision efforts, as well as technical assistance for various UHC initiatives, such as the creation of heath care provider networks, to the province.
Additionally, the OIC highlighted the DOH’s efforts to address social determinants of health which are the underlying causes of different diseases being experienced by Filipinos, including FWBDs.
“We recently activated the IACEH to discuss how we can all join efforts to prevent further increases in cases of FWBDs across the country. Alam din natin na malaking factor talaga ang environment kung bakit nagkakasakit ang mga kababayan natin, at lalo silang nagiging vulnerable sa mga sakit na ito tuwing dumadaan ang mga bagyo. Kaya kasalukuyan na tayong nagsasagawa ng vulnerability assessment sa iba’t ibang rehiyon upang masiguro na anumang sakuna ang dumaan, walang masamang epekto ito sa ating mga kababayan,” the DOH OIC assured.