Schistosomiasis Forum held in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte

DOST Caraga through the Provincial Science and Technology Center -Agusan del Norte headed by Provincial Science and Technology Director, Ms. Meriam B. Boquia spearheaded a health education campaign on Schistosomiasis on December 10, 2021, at Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Jabonga is located along Lake Mainit- a freshwater body where transmission of Schistosomiasis is common. Several Jabonganon have been infected by this dreaded disease. Dr. Joycelyn Jumawan, researcher from the Caraga State University conducted a research funded by the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) on Schistosomiasis’ snail vectors. 

PSTD Meriam Bouquia explains the rationale of the activity.

During the forum, Dr. Jumawan explained that Schistosomiasis can always be prevented with the appropriate strategies to successfully manage the disease. She suggested solutions that can be implemented by the local government units in collaboration with government agencies to  come up with a multi-component integrated control involving not only mass treatment to humans, wearing protective clothing in the field, improved sanitation, but also bovine treatment and livestock vaccination. In addition, Mr. Leonardo Estano, a co-researcher from the same university shared his insights on Zoonotic infection acquired through rice field exposures. 

Dr. Joycelyn Jumawan discusses the prevalence of schistosomiasis in the ricefield around lake Mainit.

 The gathering  was attended by local residents of the various barangays of Jabonga,  health workers, local officials and students.

This forum was organized for the community’s awareness on how to prevent and mitigate the spread of Schistosomiasis disease. It was also a way in which the research results will be utilized for the betterment of the community especially its constituents.