Arroyo urges probe into dengue prevention programs

Posted by watchmen
August 8, 2019
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

After Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III declared a nationwide dengue outbreak, Negros Occidental fifth district Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo, who was recently named vice chair for the House Committee on Health, called for an inquiry into dengue prevention programs. She recently filed HR 205 as a means to look into the conduct of the DOH-National Dengue Prevention Control Program as dengue-related cases saw a 98 percent increase between January and July of this year.
She also expressed the need to support and strengthen health intervention programs intended to prevent the spread of dengue fever.
The congresswoman also wants all local government units to be prepared with proper medicine, equipment and personnel in order to respond to dengue patients.
“It is also best for communities to take action and be proactive in helping prevent the occurrence of dengue in their areas,” Arroyo explained. “Flooded areas should be drained.”
“Water in rubber tires, cans, and other containers that are exposed should be removed since they are favorite breeding grounds for mosquitos,” she added.
She also appealed for the general public to refrain from throwing trash and garbage in waterways and drainage systems as not to clog them and prevent flooding./DGB, WDJ

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