Public warned vs proliferation of fake anti-dengue products

AKLAN. A store in the town of Kalibo is selling Off Lotion to consumers. While Off Lotion is seen as an effective product against dengue, the Department of Trade and Industry warned consumers against fake or defective anti-dengue products. (Jun N. Aguirre)

KALIBO -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Aklan warned consumers anew of buying anti-dengue-related products that are defective or fake.

Carmen Iturralde, acting provincial director of DTI, said Thursday, July 4, that consumers should be vigilant in buying these products, adding they have coordinated with the Department of Health (DOH) to help monitor fake products.

The DOH reported that Western Visayas has registered the highest number of dengue cases in the country. From January 1 to June 15 this year, the agency recorded 92,267 cases all over the Philippines.

Of the number, Western Visayas has recorded 10,133 dengue cases with 61 deaths, followed by Calabarzon with 566 cases, and Central Visayas with 8,484 cases and 55 deaths.

"We received reports that the supplies of Off Lotion is already depleted in the supermarkets in the province. The absence of these supplies provided opportunities among many sellers to sell other product alternatives against rising dengue cases," Iturralde said.

In a related report, the Boracay Fire and Rescue Volunteers (BFRAV) reported of transporting a Chinese patient who are suspected of a dengue disease in Boracay.


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