Baguio commemorates ASEAN Dengue Day

  • June 16, 2017

BAGUIO CITY, June 16 (PIA) -- The city government of Baguio, in partnership with the Department of Health-Cordillera and the different barangays, participated in the annual ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15 with the conduct of simultaneous advocacy and awareness-raising activities at  Santo Nino barangay here.  

Mayor Mauricio Domogan with DOH-CAR Regional Director Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi and City Health Services Offices Head Dr. Rowena Galpo led the commemoration of the ASEAN Dengue Day to highlight the critical importance of multi-sector, multi-stakeholder and sustained efforts in the prevention and control of dengue.

Legaspi said Dengue has now become the most important mosquito-borne disease with increasing trends annually. Every year, thousands of people and hundreds die due to dengue nationwide. Everyone can be affected but the most vulnerable age groups are the young children. Dengue is a major health problem in the country and in the ASEAN region as well.

“We are having the ASEAN Dengue Day and Anti-Dengue Health Fair because we don’t want to repeat the same experience we had last year. We are still experiencing Dengue cases over CAR and we need to get our acts together to stop the transmission of Dengue virus,” Legaspi explained.

In 2016 a total of 10,312 dengue cases were reported in CAR. Most of the cases were from Benguet and Baguio City.

This year there are less cases of dengue in the city and this can be attributed to the efforts of the city and barangay officials and the residents, Galpo reported.  

As part of the ASEAN Dengue Day,   “Juan Tireless Day” was also launched as a pilot project in Lucban Health District.

Galpo said that the Juan Tireless Day project is in compliance to the 2016 Anti-Dengue Ordinance to collect used tires which are  possible breeding sites of mosquitoes in the barangays and turn it into cash  by selling to haulers  with the proceeds for environmental sanitation projects, or making decors out of it.

To date, the District already collected 236 tires from the   two months testing that started last April.  The target for this year- round activity is 1400 tires in a year.

In the same event, barangays of the Lucban District Health Office conducted a health fair where they promoted various interventions such as plants and products which can prevent dengue disease and its breeding sites.

 They also conducted cooking demonstration to teach barangay folks on the different way of cooking simple delicacies which could also become their livelihood.

 In his message, Mayor Domogan again reminded the barangay officials and residents to maintain cleanliness in their respective communities to prevent the spread of diseases like dengue.

The observance of ASEAN Dengue Day was endorsed at the 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting in 2010 as a key regional advocacy initiative against dengue to be commemorated every June 15 by all ASEAN member states. It was launched in 2011 through a series of conferences and community events under the leadership of Indonesia, and was since then observed annually through Lead Countries.

According to a report, Dengue is one of the fastest growing emerging infectious diseases in the world that affects infants, children and adults. Dengue does not only have public health consequences but also has significant socio-economic impacts. It is globally estimated that there are 390 million dengue infections per year, of which 96 million have clinical symptoms. It is estimated that the economic burden of dengue in Southeast Asian countries amounts to an annual cost per capita of US$ 1.65. (JDP/RMC & M. Jimenez- PIA-CAR/UC Intern)

 


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