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IT’S ASEAN DENGUE DAY: KILOS NA! MAG-4S KONTRA DENGUE!

Public schools, churches, public markets and communities will have something in common today: all will conduct anti-dengue activities simultaneously.

The Department of Health (DOH) today urged top officials and leaders of the country’s public schools, churches, public markets, and communities to conduct search and destroy activities in their areas of jurisdiction to prevent dengue. This is in line with the observance of ASEAN Dengue Day in the Southeast Asia region.

ASEAN Dengue Day (June 15 and every year thereafter) was declared in a joint statement of the 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting held in Singapore on July 22 last year. To foster more awareness about the disease, this year’s observance has for a theme, “Dengue is everybody’s concern, causing socio-economic burden, but it is preventable.”

The maiden year of ASEAN Dengue Day was held in Kalookan City to recognize the efforts of their barangay officials, through the Liga Ng Mga Barangay, to seriously undertake government’s anti-dengue campaign by allocating a part of its budget for dengue prevention and control.

Through a joint Memorandum of Agreement with the DOH and the Department of Interior & Local Government, Liga Ng Mga Barangay National President Ricojudge Echiverri pledged that each member-barangay will implement a dengue prevention and control program with funds coming from their Internal Revenue Allotment.

The event also featured the introduction of the Ovi-Larvi Trap System, a low-cost contraption designed to entice mosquitos to lay their eggs in a solution that will kill their eggs, and putting up of insecticide-treated nets in the school premises.

Meanwhile, the DOH latest figures show a total of 27,071 dengue cases recorded from January to June 11 this year. This is 4.12% lower compared to the same period last year (28,234).

Ages of cases ranged from less than 1 month to 89 years old, with most (40%) belonging to the 1 to 10 years age group. Majority (53%) of the cases were male. There were 172 deaths reported.

Most of the reported cases were from the following regions: National Capital Region (8,184), Region III or Central Luzon (4,624), Region IV-A (3,935). In the National Capital Region, most of the cases came from Quezon City (2,017), Pasig City (970), and Kalookan City (951).

Clusters of cases (3 or more cases in a barangay during the past 4 weeks) in Metro Manila were detected in Brgy. 176 in Kalookan City; Bagbag, Gulod, San Bartolome, Sangandaan, Santa Monica, and Tandang Sora in Quezon City; Greenhills in San Juan City; and Hen. T. de Leon in Valenzuela City.

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