City launches ‘Dak-Pa’ vs dengue

THE Cagayan de Oro City Government, through the City Health Department, has launched on Saturday Operation “Dak-Pa (Lamok Dakpa Patya)” in villages where there are reported high cases of dengue incidents.

These barangays are Carmen, Balulang, Bugo, Kauswagan, Bulua, Iponan, Macasandig, Patag, Gusa, Canitoan, Tablon, Lapasan and Camaman-an.

In a report by the Department of Health, Cagayan de Oro tops among the cities in Northern Mindanao with the most number of dengue-stricken patients this year.

The activity has been an offshoot of the recently held strategic planning workshop for dengue prevention through community participatory approach.

Barangay-wide info dissemination

As part of the Operation "Dak-Pa," these villages will conduct barangay-wide information dissemination at 6 in the morning urging the residents to get rid of their trash, especially those which may become the breeding ground of mosquitoes, such as used tires, cans, bottles, so these could be picked up by the garbage collectors.

After that, the Barangay Dengue Task Force members will make the rounds in the neighborhoods to personally inform the households on how to stop dengue from spreading and infecting the residents, most especially the children.

Dr. Fe Bongcas, City Health Officer, said that a concerted effort of all village residents is very important in eliminating, or reducing the threat of dengue.

In a previous article published in this paper, the Department of Health’s Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (Resdru) reported an increase in dengue incidents in Northern Mindanao with 4,150 cases as of July 26, 2014.

Resdru noted a 35 percent increase in dengue cases as compared to the same period last year.

During the same period in 2013, Resdru said, the dengue incidence was 3,066.

Except for Bukidnon, all provinces in Northern Mindanao have seen a rise in people being admitted to medical facilities due to the virus.

Resdru reported that among the provinces in Northern Mindanao, Misamis Oriental has the most number of dengue-infected patients with 606, trailed by Bukidnon with 532.

For this year, Cagayan de Oro has the most cases among the cities in the region with 1,299. Ozamiz City has 281.

Dengue vaccine

In an online news article, Health secretary Enrique Ona was quoted as saying that by July 2015, a vaccine against the dreaded disease will be made available to the public.

The dengue vaccine, when tested in the Philippine and other Asian countries, “showed promising overall efficacy and will be available in the health department’s vaccine program” next year, the article said.

Ona said the DOH would allocate a budget so the vaccine could be included in the department’s vaccination program next year.

The vaccine, called CYD-TDV, was created by Sanofi Pasteur, a French pharmaceutical company.

After conducting more trials, CYD-TDV, “has now shown 56.5 percent protection against dengue,” the report said.

The Philippines’ Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s Maria Rosario Capeding said the vaccine “has the potential to have a significant impact on public health in view of the high disease burden in endemic countries.”

Based on the study conducted over a 25-month observation period, the possibility of developing dengue hemorrhagic fever was reduced by 88.5 percent with just three doses of CYD-TDV, the article said. (Jigger J. Jerusalem)
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