Ancient health authorities go door-to-door against dengue fever

ADVOCACY. A health worker conducts door-to-door dengue fever advocacy in Sibalom municipality, which has the most cases in Antique province, on April 26, 2022. Sheree Vego, nurse from the Integrated Provincial Health Office 4, said in an interview on Monday (May 16) they will hold a stakeholder meeting on May 17 to prevent a further rise in dengue fever. (PNA photo courtesy of Antique IPHO)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Ancient – The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is carrying out door-to-door health information awareness and sanitation monitoring activities due to the increase in dengue fever cases in Antique.

IPHO staff Sheree Vego said they have stepped up their awareness campaign to ensure owners are aware of dengue fever prevention measures.

“There are now 257 dengue fever cases in the province as of May 7,” she said in an interview Monday.

The five municipalities with the highest dengue cases are Sibalom with 69, San Jose de Buenavista with 42, Bugasong with 34, Hamtic with 30 and Anini-y with 27.

Vego said 257 dengue cases from January 1 to May 7 are 29% higher than the same period last year when there were only 200 cases.

She added that although dengue fever is now considered a year-round disease, sporadic rainfall has led to an increase in cases.

The IPHO, however, did not record any additional deaths to the two that were previously reported on April 12 at Barangay Sido in Sibalom and February 5 at Barangay Ilawod, Bugasong.

The IPHO will have a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education, Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) so that they can plan measures against a possible dengue outbreak.

“We will be using DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD) to help with cleanliness,” Vego said.

DOLE Chief Information Officer Donnabelle Baldona said in a separate interview that it is implementing TUPAD with 6,639 members of the informal sector benefiting from temporary livelihoods through gardening, repairing and cleaning. maintenance of schools, the unblocking of canals and other community work in the various towns of the province. .

TUPAD workers will receive a daily wage of PHP 395 per DOLE for each of their 10 working days.

As part of the cleanliness campaign, Vego said TUPAD workers will be asked to get rid of standing water that serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. (NAP)

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