Stakeholders hold symposium on dengue awareness

CARLOS Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC), Talisay, Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office and Rotary Club of Bacolod - East joined hands in spreading the needed awareness and response to help curb the spread of dengue hemorrhagic fever caused by aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito that carries the dengue virus.

Dr. Joyzel Rey Garcia, president of the CHMSC Faculty Association; Dr. Ernel Tumimbang, Negros Occidental Provincial Health officer; Dr. Renato Sorolla, president of State Universities and Colleges (SUC) III; Dr. Elmer Gumban, director of the National Service Training Program; Dr. Lizael Lampines, Department chair; Graduate Studies, RC Bacolod - East president Marinette Torrejon; RC Bacolod - East past presidents Sonya Verdeflor and Carla Cañet; RC Bacolod - East member Engineer Joemarie Gochuico, students of CHMSC and other guests gathered to a “Dengue awareness and response: A Health and Wellness Symposium” held at the Green Building of CHMSC FA-Talisay City on September 17.

The said organizations saw the need to spread awareness as dengue fever virus remains uncertain in terms of a surefire treatment.

Prevention is still the best way to get rid of this dengue virus by observing cleanliness of our surrounding, eliminate stagnant clear water, among others.

Dr. Garcia said that it is good to involve everyone including the faculty of CHMSC and other organizations in the prevention of dengue virus from continue spreading.

Mortality is still significant as number of dengue-related fatalities in Negros Occidental has reached 57 based on the latest records taken by the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

The PHO said from January 1 to August 19 of this year, they have recorded around 7,298 dengue cases compared to 4,327 recorded in the same period last year.

RC Bacolod-East president Torrejon is grateful that the club has participated in this relevant gathering that plays vital in preventing and minimizing the spread of Dengue virus in our community.

Children should be taken cared well because they are very vulnerable to mosquito bites.


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