City health inspects public schools in GensanFriday, June 08, 2012 06:56 AM Views : 349Nirvana Alpha Vita G. Fruylan
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 8 (PIA) – The City Health Office (CHO) here conducted thorough sanitation inspection of public elementary and secondary schools in the city to ensure safe and healthy environment for school children especially with the recent opening of classes.
The CHO particularly checked the school's comfort rooms to see if they are well maintained and generally clean as well as canals and scupper drains where stagnant water build up to avoid being used as breeding places of mosquitoes.
"We want to make sure that school campuses are clean and safe for our school children especially free of dengue-carrying mosquitoes," said City Health Officer, Dr. Edgardo Sandig.
The health official also inspected school canteens to determine their compliance with the sanitation requirements, and checked other malpractices that could pose health risks to the school's population.
He pointed out that canteens should be situated away from restrooms and waste disposal areas to avoid contamination of food given to students and teachers.
Sandig clarified that food handlers and servers are required to secure health certificates and sanitation permits before they are allowed to operate.
"We need to do this kind of inspection to avoid cases of food poisoning caused by unhygienic food preparations," he explained.
Sandig also emphasized that canteen concessionaires are not allowed to sell foods with little or no nutritional value like "junk foods" that caused negative health effects.
In General Santos City, there are at least 95 public school campuses composed of 69 elementary and 26 barangay high schools.
The CHO is targeting to conduct sanitation inspections to all public schools in the city, but it has given priority to elementary schools since children are more vulnerable to risk.
Meanwhile, parents expressed positive reactions to the move of the CHO to ensure their children's health and safety in school.
"This is a welcome development. We hope that sanitation inspections like this will be done regularly to check if there are malpractices that jeopardize the health of our very own children, "one parent commented.