MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur: Six public schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were cited for their commendable implementation of the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP), a flagship government program that promotes hand washing, brushing teeth and deworming among school children.
The schools which received the special citation were Kauran Elementary School and Sarmiento West Elementary School in Maguindanao, Barith Elementary School and Ganassi Central Elementary School in Lanao del Sur, Bato-Bato Central Elementary School in Tawi-Tawi, and Harat Medina Central Elementary School in Marawi City.
ARMM Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan said the special citation is part of the celebration of the Global Hand washing Day, an event observed worldwide to help raise awareness on the importance of hand washing in promoting better health.
Kulayan also said that the EHCP is a school-based health program that combines daily hand washing with soap and water, tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and deworming that is being implemented through DepEd Order 001, Series of 2011.
Kulayan also emphasized that school children need to be taught with proper hand washing to help them avoid communicable diseases.
He said the practice is cost effective and a significant and efficient health intervention.
Kulayan added that ARMM presently has more than 400 public health nurses assigned in different public schools to see to the health care of both students and faculty.
The EHCP program is supported by the Australian government-funded Basic Education Assistance of Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM), which has included its expansion among its component programs.
DepEd-ARMM in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Australian Agency for International Development and Fit for School Inc. marked the Global Hand Washing Day through a ceremonial hand washing activity to showcase and promote the significance of proper hygiene in the prevention of common diseases.