What do celebrity parents Christine Bersola Babao, Paolo Abrera and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan have in common? Like most Filipinos, they and/or their children have all acquired and survived dengue.
Dengue remains to be one of the fastest-growing mosquito-borne diseases in the world and the Philippines ranks among the top-three countries affected by it.
Cebu City, for example, has just declared a state of calamity with over 5,821 dengue cases recorded as of October 2016. Other areas considered as the most infected hotspots include Metro Manila or NCR, Region IV-A or Calabarzon, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, Central Luzon, and Western Visayas.
Privy to this information, these celebrities agreed to be the face of multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi’s “Be a Wall” campaign launch.
The campaign aims to build awareness among Filipinos parents and inform them how they can better protect themselves and their loved ones against the fastest-growing mosquito borne disease. It also aims to educate them about the multi-pronged ways to prevent dengue infection—vector-control, disease information and vaccination.
“As responsible Filipino moms, let our voices be heard to raise awareness on dengue and let’s spread the good news that it is now a vaccine preventable disease. Each of us can now be a wall against dengue,” actress Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan said.
“It’s great news that there is a dengue vaccine now available in the market. As a public affairs anchor, I’m on top of the news everyday and it’s very alarming to note the rising dengue cases from different regions of our country. It’s definitely a relief for Filipino parents out there especially a father like me to be able to visit our doctors today and have our kids vaccinated,” popular TV host Paolo Abrera added.
Finally, celebrity mom Christine Bersola-Babao expressed her support for the dengue vaccine. “I am a mother of two and I want my kids (family) to be safe from life-threatening diseases like dengue. Aside from the vector control measures that we have been doing, we really need a new tool that will help us in fighting the epidemic and vaccination is the answer. I encourage other Filipino moms to ask their doctors about dengue vaccination today,” she shared.