To increase public awareness on Leprosy or Hansen’s Disease, the Department of Health thru the Cavite Provincial Health Office celebrated the World Leprosy Day with the theme: “Achieve Zero Transmission and Disabilities” on February 21, 2017 at Congressional National High School, Villa Verde Village, Barangay San Agustin II, Dasmariñas City, Cavite.
In his inspirational message, Dr. Feliciano M. Velasco, Jr., DOH Representative stressed the importance of early detection to prevent the spread of the disease and to achieve zero transmission. “Leprosy can be cured in six months to one year time. If it is detected early, suffering and disabilities can be prevented,” he said.
A Lecture on Skin Care was delivered by Ms. Ma. Cristina Ann N. Buenaagua, DOH Regional Coordinator on Leprosy Control and Prevention Program. Her topic covered what leprosy is, the organs affected by the disease, mode of transmission, incubation period, treatment, what to do to prevent the disease and other relevant concerns. The insights learned by the 160 participants paved the way for early consultation and those that were diagnosed were given medicines.
Poster Making Contest and Film Viewing on Leprosy were simultaneously held after the opening ceremony. Praise Domingo, Grade 8 student bagged the 1st place with P2,000 cash prize and a certificate of recognition. Geoffrey Bulatao and Paolo Azares, both in Grade 11 bagged the 2nd and 3rd places respectively with P1500 and P500 cash prizes and certificates of recognition.
Teacher Mary Zugar M. Dequillo in her closing remarks encouraged the students to stay vigilant and be aware of the conditions they are experiencing, to always inform the teachers as their second parents of any changes they are experiencing. She concluded by saying, “We wanted to create a community of healthy learners!”
World Leprosy Day is annually observed on the last Sunday of January.