Angeles City steps up efforts vs dengue
With the onset of the rainy season, the city government here is equipping local officials with the necessary knowledge and information that would help them fight dengue.
The City Health Office (CHO), in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO), is conducting a two-day seminar and training to villages chiefs and other officials on dengue vector surveillance at the City Hall Legislative Building here.
“Dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease. Among 81 provinces in the Philippines, Pampanga ranks third when it comes to Dengue cases,” regional dengue cordinator Roselyn Joy Malit said.
The training serves as an eye-opener to the participants for them to take action against dengue. It focuses on the “4S strategies” namely, search and destroy, self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and say yes to fogging only during outbreaks.
During the first day of the seminar Thursday, Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response / Event-based Surveillance and Response (PIDS-ESR) officer Jess Christian Musngi, discussed the Japanese Encephalitis, an illness also gained from mosquitoes.
On the other hand, Provincial Dengue and Malaria coordinator Jolly Garcia talked about vector bionomics, mosquito life cycle, feeding and resting habits, and habitats.
Garcia also gave tips and suggestions on preventing dengue in the barangay through simple measures which include spot map making, conduct of dengue summits, community-based anti-dengue fora and speaking engagements to inform the people about the risks of the disease.
She also urged village officials to regularly conduct clean-up activities, sustain the conduct Brigada Eskwela and use of long lasting insecticide-treated curtains (LLITC) in dengue prone schools to counter and control an outbreak.
During the second day on Friday, barangay officials were tasked to perform an actual house-to-house dengue vector surveillance in Barangay Pandan since the village posted the most number of dengue cases in the city.
Garcia said that members of the barangay dengue task force were trained to collect, examine, and detect whether a sample mosquito larvae contains viruses that could cause dengue fever.
A pledge of commitment was signed to cap the two-day dengue seminar where the participants agreed to conduct dengue vector surveillance every first Friday of the month, and a search and destroy operations on the following Fridays.
The DOH has declared June of every year as Philippine dengue awareness month.
On June 30, the province of Pampanga and Angeles City are set to celebrate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dengue Day to be hosted by Mabalacat City.
The observance is an expression of oneness with the ASEAN community in raising awareness about dengue, and mobilization of resources for disease prevention and control. (Marna Dagumboy-Del Rosario/PNA)
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