(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 20 August 2019) At 3AM today a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 975km East of Catarman, Northern Samar (13.3N, 133.6E). Dinagat Islands, Surigao Norte, and Surigao Sur will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of LPA. The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Southwest to West with slight to moderate seas.PAGASA/jpf

Friday, August 2, 2019


DOH-CHD Caraga intensifies 4S campaign vs dengue

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 2 (PIA) - With the increasing number of dengue cases in Caraga region, the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga has intensified the 4S campaign in the different provinces of the region.

Based on the data released by DOH-Caraga as of July 22, 2019, there are more than 6,000 dengue cases recorded in the region, higher compared to last year’s figure. However, the region is still below the alert level.

“As of July 22, we have 6,500 cases of dengue in Caraga. This is very high compared to last year’s cases of 2,300, but thankfully with the new graph, it is still below the alert level,” said DOH-CHD Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr.

The health department also reminded the different barangays to continuously perform the 4S campaign to prevent the spread of dengue disease. These are: search and destroy; self-protection measures; seek early consultation; and say no to indiscriminate fogging.

The DOH-CHD also recognized the effort of the local government units in the region for their constant implementation of the health programs to the public.

“Thank you for your cooperation, especially to the local government units. You’ve been our most able and reliable partners in all our public health programs. You become the mirror of the Department of Health among our people, because you seriously implement the public health programs. You are not only the arms and legs of the department, you are also the heart and the face of the department in the different local communities,” Llacuna said.

Meanwhile, the DOH-CHD also monitors the number of cases on measles and ensures the conduct of school-based immunization in the provinces of Caraga region.

The official added that they are closely coordinating with the Department of Education to ensure the provision of immunization to school-age children by September, this year.

“Just last week, we launched the school-based immunization. This is a project of DOH, in coordination with the Department of Education to immunize all our school age children. That by September 30 as emphasized by the health secretary, at least 95 percent of the students will be immunized against measles,” said Llacuna. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)