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PIA Press Release
2007/09/07

San Quintin LGU takes measures to fight dengue

SAN QUINTIN, Abra (7 September) -- The municipal leadership ordered personnel of the rural health unit and the barangay officials of Brgy. Villa Mercedes here to intensify preventive measures to fight dengue.

Mayor Amador B. Diaz made the directive in the wake of the death of four persons and illness of 38 others due to dengue since June.

In a preliminary report made by the municipal RHU headed by Municipal Health Nurse Aida Aznar, there were 42 cases of dengue during the period June 18 to August 18, of which four died. All cases come from Brgy Villa Mercedes.

The fatalities were all male aged 17, 7, 5 and 4. Three died in hospitals outside Abra while the other one died at their home.

Because of this alarming number of cases and deaths due to dengue, local authorities reactivated the Municipal Dengue Task Force who immediately conducted larval survey in the said barangay. The group also conducted fever surveillance, treatment and referral of cases.

Preventive measures were likewise undertaken like the simultaneous cleaning of possible mosquito breeding sites in all the barangays and sitios in the municipality, and coordinated with school officials to activate their dengue brigade to lead the cleaning activities to get rid of mosquito breeding sites.

The RHU had requested the Center for Health Development in Abra led by Dr. Godofredo Gasa to intensify their information education campaign, and the LGU to continue purchasing medicines for emergency situations. The barangay officials are also urged to formulate and enforce an ordinance to maintain a dengue-free community in their respective areas of jurisdiction. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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