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ADB provides funds to stamp out dengue

by Mari Cruz

Baguio City (15 May) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Health and the Baguio City Health Office (BCHSO), provided financial assistance to fight dengue in Baguio City.

Entitled Technical Assistance (TA) for Regional Public Goods for Health: Combating Dengue in ASEAN, the project cost USD 89,000.00 with duration of two years from September 2009 to September 2011.

During the orientation briefing conducted by the City Health Office last week, Dr. Donnabel L. Tubera of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit said that dengue is one of the main public health problems in the country.

"In CAR, an average of 1000 cases being reported every year from 2005-2009. Baguio City contributed around 56% of the total cases in CAR during the past five years. From 2006 – 2008, there were 15 barangays in Baguio City which were high risk to dengue transmission", she added.

The project is piloted in three countries namely Lao PDR, Cambodia and the Philippines particularly Baguio City. It aims to develop and demonstrate the application of effective and sustainable strategies for community-based dengue vector control and reduce Aedes mosquitoes breeding in household water storage containers.

There are ten Barangays with schools and District Health Centers which are chosen as pilot areas in the city. These are Irisan, Fairview, Loakan Proper, Kias, Bakakeng Norte, South Sanitary Camp, Camp 8, Pinget, Lourdes Extension and San Luis.

The pilot areas will focus on active involvement in communities in source reduction and biological control of domestic water containers. It is expected to build community capacity for source reduction (physical removal of breeding sites) through the introduction of guppy fish and container covers, complementing the physical removal of other breeding sites.

Tubera further reported that the mosquito that causes dengue fever has been thriving because of increasing urban population, expanding mosquito breeding sites (unreliable water supply, traditional water storage practices, poor garbage collection, changing lifestyle), rapid transportation (movement of infected humans, spread of dengue mosquitoes).

Meanwhile, a Dengue Task Force was also created to oversee the implementation of the TA ADB-Dengue project in the city. The composition of the Dengue Task Force are as follows; Chairman, Dr. Myrna Cabotaje of DOH, and Dr. Florence Reyes of the City Health Office as Vice Chair. Members are Department of Education, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, ABC President/Barangay Captains of the pilot barangays, Baguio-Benguet Medical Society (BBMS) President, SP chairs on Health and Sanitation, Rotary, Commission on Higher Education, City Health Office, WHOn staff, and Philippine Information Agency. WHO and ADB representative together with the National Dengue Program Coordinator serve as Technical Advisors. (PIA) [top]

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