• Maynilad’s water bottle vs. dengue wins in Cannes

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    MAYNILAD Water Services Inc. (Maynilad) in partnership with the Department of Health and Y&R Philippines won one silver and two bronze medals for its water bottle against dengue entry at the Cannes Lions 60th International Festival of Creativity in France.

    The Maynilad Dengue Bottle is a recycled plastic bottle containing a mixture of clean water, brown sugar and yeast.

    The mixture of common household items produces carbon dioxide that attracts mosquitoes, trapping them in the device and killing them.

    The Maynilad Dengue Bottle can kill hundreds of mosquitoes within two weeks before the mixture is replaced.

    “We are both honored and grateful for these awards. This is not only a win for us and our partners, but for the communities that have become safer because of this dengue-preventing device,” Maynilad President and CEO Ricky Vargas said.

    Y&R is one of the world’s leading global marketing communications companies. The agency’s work spans the communications spectrum and reflects the transformation that digital has driven across all media.

    Dengue is a leading cause of childhood hospitalization in the Philippines. In the National Capital Region, 2,332 cases were recorded by the Department of Health’s Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit from January 1 to April 13 this year.

    On Wednesday, the Provincial Health Office in Nueva Vizcaya reported that 42 residents in a remote village in the mountain town of Alfonso Castaneda have dengue.

    The patients are being treated at the town’s Rural Health Unit (RHU).

    To contain the outbreak, Dr. Edwin Galapon, provincial health officer, deployed additional health experts in the area.

    Mayor-elect Dr. Anne Mary Bawayan said that all the patients are now in stable condition.

    The Department of Health also noted an increase in dengue cases in Region 2 including two deaths from January to May.

    The DOH monitored 1,238 dengue cases in the region during the first half of 2013. This is higher than the 1,205 cases in the same period last year.

    The province of Cagayan has the most number of dengue cases at 779, followed by Isabela, 379, including two deaths; Nueva Vizcaya, 65; and Quirino with 15.

    The island province of Batanes remains dengue-free.

    Jing Villamente And Leander C. Domingo

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