Palace declares 2nd week of July as National Infection Prevention and Control Week

Published July 11, 2020, 8:48 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

To emphasize prevention and health promotion as tools to address the threats posed by infection, Malacañang has declared the second week of July of every year as the “National Infection Prevention and Control Week.”


Based on Proclamation No. 971 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on June 23, President Duterte has likewise declared the second Saturday of July as “Surgical Infection Prevention Awareness Day.”

In declaring the two commemorations, Duterte wrote in his proclamation that the State is mandated to adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to ensure that all Filipinos are health literate, provided with healthy living conditions, and protected from risks and hazards that could affect their health.

Duterte likewise recognized infection as a major health problem, which has a significant impact on mortality, morbidity, and quality of life, acknowledging the threats posed by an infection resulting in epidemics, pandemics, and antimicrobial resistance.

“There is a need to emphasize prevention and health promotion as tools to address the threats posed by infection and attain a safer, more effective and higher quality of health service delivery,” the President wrote in his Proclamation which was made public on Friday.

The Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with non-government organizations and professional associations, is tasked to promote the observance of the “National Infection Prevention and Control Week” and “Surgical Infection Prevention Awareness Day.”

All hospitals, both public and private, including teaching and training hospitals, local government-owned hospitals, clinics, and health facilities, are encouraged to participate and assist in the conduct of relevant programs, projects, and activities for its successful implementation.

Meanwhile, President Duterte has declared 2020 as the Year of Filipino Health Workers.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the country and most nations worldwide and has posed a daunting challenge to the country’s health sector,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

“There is a need to commemorate the immeasurable acts of heroism and selfless compassion of nurses, midwives, and all health workers, and give due honor to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of service, especially during this extraordinary time.”