Proactive measures needed amidst rising cases of dengue — Eleazar

Proactive measures needed amidst rising cases of dengue — Eleazar

Partido Reporma ‘senatoriable’ Gen. Guillermo Eleazar (right) with Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong when he visited the City of Pines in one of his campaign sorties. (Photo supplied)

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA — As if the coronavirus is not enough, dengue cases in the country are on the rise and this has prompted Partido Reporma senatorial candidate Gen. Guillermo Eleazar to call on local health units to closely monitor the situation in their areas of responsibility in order to prevent outbreaks of the said disease aside from Covid-19.

In an earlier report, the Department of Health (DoH) disclosed increases in dengue cases in a number of regions across the archipelago which includes Regions II, III, VII, IX, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

In reaction, Eleazar enthused that health units of provinces, cities, and municipalities that have noted cases of dengue in their respective jurisdictions should enforce measures that will prevent the further increase of dengue cases.

“Hindi pa nga tayo nakakaligtas sa banta ng COVID-19 pandemic, pero kailangan pa ring i-monitor nang mabuti ang bilang ng kaso ng dengue sa mga rehiyon. In every LGU, the unit tasked to lead in enforcing anti-dengue health and safety measures should be activated,” the former Philippines National Police (PNP) chief stressed.

“Ako rin ay umaapela sa DOH na bantayang mabuti ang sitwasyon at magbigay ng assistance sa mga lugar na talagang may pagtaas ng bilang ng kaso ng dengue. Dapat masigurong handa ang healthcare system ng mga rural health centers at lahat ng ospital laban sa dengue,” he added.

According to health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in response to the unfolding situation dengue fast lanes have already been activated in affected areas to control the rise of dengue cases.

“The public should also observe the ‘Four-S’ in preventing dengue cases, which includes searching and destroying mosquito-breeding sites, seeking early consultations, self-protecting measures, and supporting spraying or fogging,” Vergeire said. (ai/mtvn)

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