July 21, 2019
Sen. Christopher L awrence “Bong” Go has urged Filipinos to be cautious and help prevent the spread of dengue in their communities.
“Nananawagan po tayo sa ating mga kababayan na magtulungan tayong sugpuin ang mga sanhi ng dengue (Let us help each other fight dengue),” Go said.
The Department of Health (DoH) on Monday declared for the first time a National Dengue Alert due to increasing number of cases in several regions in the country.
In the first 20 weeks of 2019, 77,040 suspected cases of dengue were reported with 328 deaths.
The DoH, however, clarified that there was no dengue epidemic as the number of cases, though high, had started to decline.
“The national dengue alert issued by DoH last Monday was to increase awareness among our people,” Go said. “Still, we must remain safe and vigilant.”
Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease.
Go asked the public to destroy possible breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes to prevent an outbreak of the disease.
The senator also encouraged those with dengue symptoms to immediately consult a doctor.
He assured the public that there are enough medicines and the Health department has sufficient budget to help poor patients.
According to Go, the Health department has a total of P193.34 million for Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients (MAIP), 228 health personnel deployed under the Human Resources for Health program, P23.682 million logistical support plus emergency purchase for logistics amounting to P4 million.
The senator vowed to push for measures that would improve medical and healthcare services in the country.
Go filed Senate Bill 199 on July 2 that aims to institutionalize Malasakit Centers, where indigent patients can seek medical and cash aid from various government agencies.
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