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Solon asks for a grassroots information campaign against monkeypox.

Representative Paolo Duterte of Davao City called on the community to increase public education about monkeypox and the associated prevention and safety measures on Thursday.

In order to stop the spread of monkeypox, Duterte suggested that the Department of Health (DOH) work with local government entities (LGUs) and civic groups to educate the people. He said that the information campaign should cascade down to the neighborhood level.

“At this point, educating our citizens will aid the DOH in its efforts to monitor the public and avoid disease. It will also dispel myths about monkeypox that can encourage individuals to disregard safety precautions, according to Duterte.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have confirmed that the virus can be spread through close contact with infected people, as well as through droplets or touching contaminated beddings or towels. According to Duterte, one of the misconceptions that need to be clarified is that monkeypox is only sexually transmitted.

The outbreak of monkeypox was deemed a “public health emergency of worldwide concern” by the WHO on July 23 after outbreaks were detected in almost 70 countries where the virus is not endemic.

A 31-year-old Filipino who traveled abroad and returned to the country on July 19 tested positive for monkeypox last week, according to the DOH.

According to the DOH, the patient has 10 close contacts; three of them are family members.

According to Duterte, the public’s enhanced vigilance, which they can only exercise if they are properly informed about the illness, will aid in halting the spread of monkeypox.

“Public education will also aid in the eradication of any stigma connected to monkeypox and inspire those who may be infected to come forward rather than go unnoticed. In the case that the virus is found elsewhere inside our borders, this will also help to calm people down, according to Duterte.

The monkeypox virus produces skin lesions and the WHO lists a number of symptoms, including fever, a severe headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscular aches, a lack of energy, and rashes. Monkeypox typically takes six to thirteen days to incubate, while it can take anywhere between five and twenty-one days.

Meanwhile, AGRI Representative Wilbert Lee urged the immediate establishment of a national task force to track the situation and fight monkeypox in order to effectively stop community transmission and illness.

When introducing House Resolution No. 134, Lee argued that a national task force comprised of pertinent government organizations in collaboration with the corporate sector must be created in order to improve readiness and devise proactive ways to battle monkeypox.

In addition, Lee said, “the said national task force against the monkeypox virus shall update the public on the status of this disease, implement robust decisions to fight the virus’s ongoing threats, and develop education and strategic communication materials that will equip and prepare the general public to mitigate the risk of contracting the virus and quell any potential panic and misinformation that could affect the public.”

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