Duterte declares June as ‘Scoliosis Awareness Month’

MANILA President Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared the month of June every year as Scoliosis Awareness Month to raise awareness on the disorder and promote its early detection.

Duterte signed proclamation No. 620, recognizing that scoliosis affects a considerable portion of the world population, including the Philippines, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation

The proclamation designates the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with relevant non-government organizations, to promote the observance of the Scoliosis Awareness Month, and identify the programs, projects and activities for the yearly celebration.

All other agencies and instrumentalities of the national government, including government-owned or controlled corporations are directed and all local government units, as well as the private sector are encouraged to cooperate with the DOH in advocating and implementing programs and activities pursuant to the proclamation.

Scoliosis Awareness Month is recognized by millions of people worldwide and is celebrated annually every June to unite people across the globe and create positive public awareness of scoliosis, promote early detection and intervention for its treatment, and bring together those affected.

Scoliosis is a progressive non-communicable disorder characterized by the lateral curvature of the spine, which can be corrected to prevent serious and even fatal complications. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency