Lawmaker seeks dengue control program

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AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe filed House Bill 3730 mandating the creation of a National Dengue Prevention and Control Program to reduce the number of dengue cases in the country.

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He said the bill aims to control and eliminate the proliferation of dengue. The disease usually strikes at the start of the rainy season.

“This policy measure is in cognizance of the current efforts of the Department of Health to reduce the cases of
dengue fever cases and approach the problem in a much more rudimentary level,” Batocabe said.

“Most dengue fever cases are transmitted among family members, mainly due to poor waste collection and incorrect practices of water storing,” he added.

Data from the Department of Health (DoH) showed that 35,973 dengue cases were recorded nationwide from January 1 to May 20 this year, which is 31.8 percent lower than the 52,780 cases recorded within the same period last year. There were 207 reported deaths stemming from dengue for the same period.

Majority of the dengue cases were in Central Visayas (15.5 percent). It was followed by Central Luzon (13 percent), National Capital Region (12.2 percent), Calabarzon (11.4 percent) and Soccsksargen (11.1 percent).
Under the bill, the National Dengue Prevention and Control Program will be implemented through various component activities, such as regular clean-up drives in villages, schools, and government offices.

The measure also seeks to conduct programs on dengue awareness, self-protection, prevention and dengue consultation in health centers and information and education campaign on the prevention and control of dengue.
The bill mandates the DoH, through the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, to take over the implementation of the National Dengue Prevention and Control Program.

The Department of Science and Technology, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Metro Manila Development Authority, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources will help implement projects and activities to combat the disease.

If the bill is enacted into law, households, business establishments, government offices and schools that fail to reduce the dengue breeding grounds will be fined P2,000.

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