On June 23, 2017, the Department of Health Regional Office No. VIII, thru the Communicable Disease Unit, headed by Dr. Ma. Teresa N. Caidic, went to the municipality of Sta. Rita which had been hardly stricken by diarrhea in 2016. Although at its controlled state, there is still a need to practice personal hygiene especially to the vulnerable group, the school children. A School Caravan at Sta. Rita Central School on Personal Hygiene was conducted reviewing the basics of handwasing, how to cough and other sanitation practices.
In coordination with the Local Government Unit thru the Sta. Rita Rural Health Unit and the Department of Education, the caravan was a success. School children were taught the proper execution on handwashing, coughing and they were asked how often they do handwashing in a day. They were also made to do a return demo on what was taught to them.
DOH-RO VIII turned over 700 nail cutters; other freebies such as folding fan, ballers and pencils to the school principal Mrs. Lita S. Lanugan, which was also distributed to all school children. Pack lunch was also served to the pupils. In return, the school administrator was very much grateful to DOH-RO VIII as well as the parents.
Dr. Caidic was also thankful for the participation and cooperation shown to the group. This eventful day was a success in cooperation with the RHU staff and personnel of Sta. Rita, headed by Dr. Rusel Grapa.