BONTOC, Mountain Province – Health service providers in this capital town have stepped -up the campaign on basic hygiene especially proper hand washing and dental hygiene among school children as it reached out to the most outskirt school in the municipality.
Relative to this, personnel from the Municipal Health Office (MHO) headed by Municipal Health Officer Dr. Diga Kay Gomez in collaboration with the Department of Education – Mountain Province Schools Division Office (DepEd-MPSDO) recently conducted an Information Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign to the pupils of Chapyosen Multi-Grade in Barangay Caneo, Bontoc, Mountain Province.
Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Venous Faith Cofulan discussed Pinggang Pinoy and 10 Kumainments; Nurse II Aracelle Aguilba lectures on Basic Hygiene including body and dental hygiene; and DepEd Nurse Sherwin Angagka shared the Importance of Handwashing and Deworming.
Part of the activity was the demonstration of proper hand washing and the distribution of Deworming Tabs and Toothbrush.
Also, a similar activity was recently conducted at the Bontoc Central School (BCS).
The Bontoc LGU through the MHO in partnership with the DepEd-MPSDO remain committed to creating a culture of hand washing in schools and communities in making lasting pledges for a healthier future through proper hand washing, which is a cost-effective and simple, yet often overlooked, way of maintaining one’s well-being.
This is also an effective prevention measure with the sudden increase in the cases of Typhoid Fever and sore eyes in the municipality.
Bontoc Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., who has always been an advocate of health and wellness, expressed his support for making proper hand washing a habit by highlighting its crucial role in taking care of everyone’s health.
The mayor remarked that proper hygiene especially proper hand washing should not only be put into practice during the observance of the Global Handwashing Day on October 15 of every year but should be an everyday practice.
He added that this has been proven an effective and cost-efficient health safety measure to reduce disease transmission in public settings.
In this regard, personnel from the MHO shared the same information about proper hand washing during the regular Monday Flag Raising Ceremony on October 23, 2023, at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol.