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A Minute with NTD expert: Dr. ...
A Minute with NTD expert: Dr. Leda Hernandez, Division Chief, the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control Department of Health in the Philippines
At "Uniting to Combat NTDs: Translating the London Declaration into Action," we had a chance to catch up with Dr. Leda Hernandez, Division Chief of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control Department of Health in the Philippines.
: What are the most common Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the Philippines?
Dr. Leda Hernandez
: We have six of the most common NTDs in the Philippines, namely the soil transmitted helminths, schistosomiasis, leprosy, rabies, food and water born (diseases), and lymphatic filariasis.
MindaNews - Plantations good breeding grounds for mosquitoes -- DOH
Dr. Leda M. Hernandez, chief of the DOH's National Center for Disease Prevention said these plantations are convenient breeding grounds for mosquitoes, making communities around them susceptible to infection. Hernandez
said mosquitoes use the axils of banana and abaca leaves as breeding areas.
Health officials announced Friday that 56 percent of the cases of paralytic disease filariasis caused by mosquitoes in the Philippines are in Mindanao. Hernandez
also cited a similar case with malaria, another disease carried by vector mosquitoes.
clarified further that the plantations are just one of the many causes of the spread of parasitic diseases in Mindanao.She
cited natural environment, sanitation and proper waste disposal as contributory factors. She
urged communities around plantations to observe sanitation.She
, however, said that spraying of control chemicals against mosquitoes and fungicides is not effective."It will just drive away the mosquitoes to other areas.The more effective way is for people take medicines," she
said. Gako and Hernandez joined Davao-based health officials in launching the mass drug administration here Friday for the government's campaign against filariasis.
...Hernandez said the effort is part of the government's Formula One program on intensified prevention and control.
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Dr. Leda Hernandez, DoH national program coordinator for filiriasis elimination, identified the endemic areas as Northern Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Western Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Caraga.Dr. Hernandez
said LF can be eliminated through annual mass drug administrations (MDA) to residents 2-years-old and above for the first five years.
DOH declares Sorsogon malaria and filaria free
Present during the declaration ceremonies were Dr. Leda Hernandez, National Filariasis coordinator and NCDPC division chief, Dra.
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