City leads observance of Asean Dengue Day-A A +A
Saturday, June 16, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando led Friday the country’s observance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Dengue Day at the Heroes Hall here.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Mayor Oscar Rodriguez led hundreds of health workers, barangay officials, and other delegates from Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Metro Manila in launching the new campaign against dengue dubbed “Sama-Sama Tayong Mag-Aksyon, Barangay Kontra Dengue.”
The annual observance of Asean Dengue Day which kicked-off last year, aims to strengthen national political commitment and regional cooperation on efforts to control and combat dengue hemorrhagic fever whose cases and deaths give impact on socio-economic losses off Asean member countries.
The launching was highlighted by the presentation of the Dengue Warriors or barangay dengue brigades, awarding of barangays with best anti-dengue practices, signing of commitment and support and the simulated exercise on specific targeting through “text blast” of the Philippine Information Agency.
Ona said it is “pure sanitation” that would help win in the fight against dengue.
“It’s all about sanitation rooted in the barangay level particularly households. This is the best weapon we have against dengue. Eradication of breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes is the first and most effective step,” he said
Rodriguez said the City Government through the City Health Office and rural health units, have boosted moves to fight dengue in the 35 barangays of the city.
“Aside from the fact that eradication and prevention of dengue has been included in our disaster risk reduction management, the City Government has strengthened its focus on dengue. It remains as a top priority in our health program as evidenced by the declining number of dengue cases being reported to us. Cooperation and coordination on dengue must continue in order for us to control and eradicate dengue in the city, country and Asean as well,” said Rodriguez.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 16, 2012.