RECOGNIZING the seriousness of the people's health situation, the City Council readily approved the resolution to create a task force that would specifically attend to dengue patients' needs.

During Wednesday's session the Bacolod City Council passed a resolution urging Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia to provide assistance to indigent Bacolodnon dengue patients in various hospitals in Bacolod and to create the Special Dengue Task Force.

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Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito, chairman of City Council Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, authored the resolution because of the rapid increase of dengue cases in the city where he observed that most of the cases involved the indigent and poor residents of the city.

Earlier the City Council approved Leonardia's request to declare the city under the state of imminent danger from dengue.

With this declaration, the mayor can tap the city's calamity fund to be spent in various information drive and activities which are all classified as preventive measures to arrest the farther spread of the disease.

"If the usual grant of assistance that the DSSD provides will be followed, it will take a lot of time before help could reach our indigent dengue patients. By the time help arrives, it might be too late of the patients," Distrito said.

"The taskforce, in coordination with our barangay officials and the Philippine National Red Cross, will also help encourage voluntary blood donation to ensure an abundant blood supply for dengue patients who need blood transfusion," he added.

The resolution was co-authored by Councilors Em Legaspi Ang, Carlos Jose Lopez, Al Victor Espino and El Cid Familiaran. (Carla N. Cañet)