DAVAO City Rep. Paolo Duterte suggested that there should be an aggressive community-based public awareness campaign against monkeypox.
The call came amid the confirmation of the Department of Health (DOH) of the first case of monkeypox in the Philippines.
Duterte said the DOH can join forces with local government units (LGUs) and civic organizations to provide information to the public about monkeypox, its symptoms, how it is transmitted and how it should be identified, avoided and treated.
This way, Duterte said the much-feared local transmission can be avoided and thus will not create panic among the people.
The Davao City congressman explained that making more Filipinos aware about monkeypox can also help the DOH in its surveillance and prevention efforts, and also avoid any misconception about the disease that would make people relax or be complacent in complying with health protocols.
Duterte said the public will be more vigilant and observant if they are provided with the right information about the disease.
Finally, Duterte said an effective community-based information campaign is within the measures recommended by the World Health Organization in terms of surveillance, screening, management and infection control efforts.