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PIA Press Release
2010/09/08

Bacolod SP passes resolution extending help to indigent dengue patients

Bacolod City (8 September) -- The Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod passed Resolution No. 509 declaring the city on a State of Imminent Danger of Calamity with the significant increase of dengue cases in the city, urging the City Mayor to provide assistance to the indigent dengue patients of the city.

The declaration of the State of Imminent Danger of Calamity recognizes the seriousness of the dengue cases, having been declared as an outbreak in several cities in the province.

The Resolution further states that such declaration will entitle the City Mayor to tap the calamity fund that will be spent in various information drive and activities as part of the prevention campaign.

Also proposed in the resolution is the creation of a Help Desk that would specifically attend to the needs of indigent dengue patients.

According to the City Health Office, the rapid increase of dengue cases all over the city is very alarming and that most dengue patients are poor residents of the city.

The resolution further states that if patients have to wait for the usual DSSD assistance, help from the city government is time consuming such that when it reaches the patients it might be too late as they need immediate care, medicines, blood processing, regular complete blood count or CBC, laboratory tests and dextrose.

In the resolution, the city is envisioned to be in the forefront in aiding victims of a nationwide dengue outbreak by creating a Special Anti-Dengue and Assistance Taskforce that will encourage voluntary blood donations through barangay officials, together with the Philippine National Red Cross to ensure sufficient blood supply. (CMO/PIA/EAD) [top]

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