Three of Pasig City’s local government offices received two accolades from the Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCHD) on Friday, October 14, for having the best sanitation and dengue programs in the National Capital Region ( NCR).
“All credit goes to our city health department, sanitation office, dengue fever task force and other offices that have contributed to these programs,” said the mayor of the city of Pasig , Vico Sotto.
The awards ceremony was held at the Manila Hotel and was conducted by Gloria Balboa, Director IV of DOH-MMCHD.
At the 35th Anniversary of the Department of Health (DOH) – MMCHD, local government departments were recognized for their “exemplary performance in implementing environmental and health practices towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “.
Each prize was accompanied by a cash reward worth 150,000 pesos from the Philippine Treasury and the Landbank of the Philippines. The local government received 300,000 pesos for its two awards.
The Pasig Anti-Dengue Working Group expressed their gratitude for being awarded the “Best Program for the Prevention and Control of Aedes-borne Viral Diseases (Anti-Dengue)”.
“Patuloy kaming makikiisa sa layunin maging malusog ang ating pamayanan at komunidad (We will continue to support goals that will lead to a healthier city and community),” the task force said in a social media post.
The city’s anti-dengue campaign emphasizes the practice of “4S driving” in the prevention and control of dengue fever.
4S refers to search and destroy (breeding grounds), self-protection measures (such as the use of long sleeves and mosquito repellent), early consultation (in case of fever, rashes, headaches, vomiting and other symptoms) and environmental support measures (referring to fogging and fogging operations).
On May 24, three teams from the dengue fever task force were deployed in time for the rainy season, Mayor Sotto said.
Their misting and misting operations took place in conjunction with Oplan Kaayusan’s daily programs in which city government departments visit various barangays to carry out unclogging, road repairs, tree pruning, painting and other activities.
Thanks to their efforts, dengue fever cases in the city have decreased by about 60% in June 2022 compared to 2021, said Dr. Stewart Santos, head of the dengue fever task force, during the sunrise ceremony. flag on June 6th.
The Pasig Environmental Sanitation Office won the “Best Sanitation Program of 2022” category.
His appointment was first announced during the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall on September 19.
In 2021, the Sanitation Bureau was recognized by the DOH as the “Most Improved Local Government Unit (LGU) for Environmental Health Services” among the other 17 LGUs in Metro Manila.
Sotto praised the office for being “very proactive” in its efforts, from inspecting public spaces and establishments to sanitizing government and public facilities.
The Sanitation office works closely with other affiliated departments such as the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO), the City Office of Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) and the Office of city engineering, to carry out community disinfection.
They also have a robust program in place that produces information, education, and communication (IEC) materials for the public, properly licenses establishments that meet health permit requirements, and enforces local health and safety policies. of security.
Universal health care
In addition to the two awards, the MMCHD also recognized the City of Pasig’s efforts to fully implement Universal Health Care (UHC), an initiative Sotto has championed since his first term as mayor.
The local government has stepped up programs to achieve UHC this year, after more than two years of stalled progress due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Amid the pandemic, the local government had to upgrade its existing services to cope with the demands of Covid-19.
As the country relaxed its pandemic protocols and regulations, Sotto’s new term focused on strengthening “primary or preventative health care” led by the city’s health department.
To support the UHC campaign, three newly renovated health centers – one in Barangay San Miguel and two in Barangay Palatiw – have been opened.
The city’s health facilities and centers are constantly being improved and worked to be eligible for PhilHealth accreditation.
Local government adopts Philhealth’s “zero balance billing” program. Local government funds have been allocated to support the initiative to meet the expenses of patients during their period of confinement in public hospitals in the city.
On March 24, a joint venture agreement for the Pasig City Mega Dialysis Center (MDC) was signed in partnership with Premier 101 Healthcare Management, Inc.
It will house 116 dialysis machines, making it one of the largest dialysis centers in the country.
Dialysis services at MDC will be free and supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the Malasakit Centers Medical Assistance Program and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
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