Asean Dengue Day sets ABKD campaign

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Saturday, June 16, 2012


PALO, Leyte — The Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas Region had spearheaded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Dengue Awareness Day in the region on Saturday, which is a nationwide annual celebration.

This year is the second year of the celebration with the theme: Asean Unity for Dengue-Free Community. The Philippines is a member of the Asean.

As declared by the Asean Health Ministers during the 10th ASEAN Health Ministers meeting held in Singapore on July 22, 2010, the 15th day of June is marked as the annual Asean Dengue Awareness Day.

“The month of June is the Asean Dengue awareness month and the Asean dengue day is on 15th which will be highlighted with a motorcade with our stakeholders and a symposium in order to increase the awareness of the public,” Entomologist III Leonido P. Olobia, the program manager of Vector-Borne disease control program, said Saturday.

The purpose of the Dengue Awareness Day is to increase public awareness of dengue that will help reduce the risk of transmission and strengthen regional collaboration and responsibilities for dengue control. Also, it is to highlight the importance of dengue as a public health concern.

“In this celebration, the stakeholders will be coming to our region and there will be lectures from the city dengue coordinator of Tacloban and from the Regional Office based on dengue control program”, Olibia stressed.

DOH has implemented the Integrated Vector Management (IVM), an evidence based campaign to reduce mosquito density through community participation. And part of this is the ‘Search and Destroy Campaign’ through the ‘Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue’ (ABKD).

The celebration will be participated in by various government agencies as they are the ones involved with the promotion of this movement.

Olobia also said DOH is also taking actions on mosquito dengue prevention like the installation of the Olyset Net to schools, an insecticide treated screen preventing the mosquito attacks on classrooms and killing them.

Another is the ‘ova-larva’ system provided by the Department of Science and Technology. This prevents the ova and larva of the mosquitoes. Both of these are just some of the DOH’s ways to prevent mosquito density. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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