October 15 is GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY | Our cases are rising, our water supply failing

October 13, 2020


Cagayan de Oro’s COVID-19 cases have breached the 1,000-mark after the City Health Office released data Saturday showing Cagayan de Oro is undergoing a surge of COVID-19 infections fueled mostly local infections — beginning August with 154 cases.

The infections quadrupled to 606 cases in September, with 26 new cases reported since October 1.

Already, 81% of the city’s Temporary Treatment Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) and city isolation units are occupied (970 patients vs. 1,200 beds capacity).

The city is closely monitoring the infection cluster at the Del Monte cannery in Barangay Bugo after 20 of its 4,000 workers were found infected.

Factory workers are reportedly among the city’s COVID-19 “super spreaders”, making up 60 percent of confirmed infections, because many of them go home without taking a bath and washing their hands, city health officials said.

A MindaNews report said the Center for Health Development in Northern Mindanao reported a total of 3,396 cases in Northern Mindanao as of 3 p.m. on October 9, of which 1,005 are in Cagayan de Oro City, 671 of which are local cases, and 334 locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos.  

The worldwide commemoration of Global Handwashing Day this October 15th to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing, leads us to ponder if there is a tangible relation between the city’s continued inability to meet its residents’ need for a clean, safe and steady water supply and the rising cases of COVID-19, especially local infections among factory workers.

Should the super spreaders among workers failure to take a bath and wash their hands be directly related to the lack of clean and steady water supply in their homes and work places, it would be in the best interest of all to know the truth behind such a correlation and act accordingly.

Handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world.

Why Does it Matter Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap.

To beat the virus today and ensure better health outcomes beyond the pandemic, handwashing with soap must be a priority now and in the future.

How Can I get Involved?

It’s easy! Join the handwashing movement and help celebrate Global Handwashing Day and make handwashing a habit 365 days a year.

Make handwashing a priority in your school and at work.

Help build awareness about handwashing with your family, friends and community.

If you have a problem with the water supply in your home or work place, report this immediately to the Cagayan de Oro City Water District website or Facebook page.

You may also report related issues to our City Council Committee on Public Utilities chaired by Kag. Bong Lao, Committee on Health, Sanitation and Health Insurance chaired by Dra. Malou S. Gaane or Committee on Environment and Natural Resources headed by Kag. Eric D. Salcedo.

Happy Global Handwashing Day everyone!





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