In a recent development, Bacolod City Councilor, Claudio Puentevella, has urged the City Health Office (CHO) to intensify their efforts in spreading awareness and monitoring to counter the surge of respiratory diseases among children in Northern China. This call to action comes in the wake of an advisory from the Department of Health (DOH), based on a World Health Organization (WHO) notice regarding the growing number of respiratory diseases in the region.
A Personal Connection to the Crisis
Puentevella has highlighted the severity of respiratory illnesses, sharing a poignant personal story of his mother's demise due to pneumonia. This personal connection to the issue underscores the importance of public vigilance and the adoption of proper hygiene practices as preventive measures.
Collaboration for Better Response
The councilor proposed that an awareness campaign should be launched by the CHO. He also recommended that hospitals collaborate with the CHO to monitor pneumonia cases for a more effective response. The DOH advisory made mention of WHO's surveillance on the rise in influenza-like illness in China since October and reported undiagnosed pneumonia in children's hospitals.
Public Vigilance is Key
The public, particularly children and the elderly, are advised to stay vigilant and to practice protective measures such as voluntary masking, regular handwashing, ensuring good ventilation, isolating when sick, and getting vaccinated. These steps are crucial in preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses and protecting the health of the community.