CRDRRMC backs call for nationwide clean-up drive vs dengue

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) — The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) calls for convergence in the conduct of a regionwide clean–up drive of dengue mosquito sites in support to the Department of Health’s declaration of National Dengue Epidemic.

CRDRRMC Chair and Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Director Albert Mogol, in a memorandum enjoined all council member agencies and local DRRM councils to actively participate in the DOH’s nationwide campaign for simultaneous search and destroy of mosquito breeding sites.

Mogol also called for community support in cleaning up their surroundings highlighting the importance of convergence in ensuring a disaster-resilient and healthy Cordillera.

CRDRRMC, in response to the July 15  DOH’s National Dengue alert declaration, had convened a Regional Task Group for the surveillance, mitigation and counter measures in reducing dengue cases in the region.

Last August 6, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III declared a National Dengue Epidemic in the country with dengue cases reaching 146,062 with 622 deaths from January to July this year, a 98 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Duque said the DOH declaration will help in identifying where a localized response is needed and to enable the local government units  to use their quick response fund to address the problem.

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With the national epidemic declaration, DOH launched the “Sabayang 4 O’Clock Habit para Deng-Get Out” that calls for a nationwide, simultaneous clean–up drive against dengue.

DOH – CAR Family Health Cluster Head Dr. Anachris Kilakil (left) and Geeny Anne Austria of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, give update on Dengue and other regional health programs in a kapihan media forum. (CCD/PIA CAR)

For dengue update in Cordillera, DOH–CAR record shows 3,944 dengue cases with nine deaths from January 1 to July 27, a 19 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

DOH–CAR Family Health Cluster Head Dr. Anachris Kilakil said dengue cases in Cordillera though high are not on the alert threshold yet.  But with the increasing cases especailly this rainy season, she stressed on the need for continuous cleaning of  breeding sites as  without the vector (Dengue mosquito), there will be no transmission of the disease.

Kilakil reiterated the “4S” campaign against Dengue  which  include  “Search and Destroy”,  “Self – protection”, Seek early consultation”, and “Support spraying/fogging in the community if there is an increasing cases or impending outbreak”. (JDP/CCD/PIA CAR)


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