Casiño supports fight vs dengue
PAVIA, ILOILO Congressman Teddy Casiño (Bayan Muna Party-list) today joined officials from the different municipalities of Iloilo and teachers and students of this town in the launch of province-wide campaign dubbed People Power Laban sa Dengue to effectively face the rising number dengue cases across the province.
People Power has toppled a dictators and tyrants here and abroad. We should harness that to topple the spread of dengue. We share the concern and rightfully raise the alarm on the 279% increase of dengue cases in the province of Iloilo for the first six months of 2012 as reported by the provincial health office. The 73 new dengue cases and three (3) cases of death in Pavia puts emphasis to the need for the full participation of all officials and citizens to fight the upsurge and spread of dengue, Casiño said.
The Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO) has overall recorded 629 cases with 12 deaths for the January 1 to June 16, 2012 period, up 279% compared to the same period of 2011.
But while the health office says that the number of cases is not to be considered an epidemic yet, it is better that we all counter the spread of dengue cases in joining the anti-dengue campaign. It is about local government executives and employees and more importantly, all local residents exerting efforts to keep surrounding areas clean especially getting rid of stagnant water where dengue carrier mosquitoes can breed. We do not want another 2010, where Iloilo was placed under a state of calamity with 6,500 dengue cases and 32 deaths, Casiño said.
Casiño also commended the PHO for distributing larvicides, which are used to rid stagnant waters of mosquito larvae, and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-6) for the distribution of mosquito ovicidal/larvicidal traps designed to attract female mosquitoes and kill their eggs, thereby reducing the number of dengue cases.
Let us heighten our efforts to stem the spread of dengue in Iloilo, Panay island, and the Philippines. Each citizens participation in this People Power will save lives and make our environs cleaner, safer and better for our children and our common future, Casiño said.