ASEAN to wage common effort against dengue
Manila (1 September) -- Department of Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said health secretaries and ministers of member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to wage a common effort against dengue.
At a press conference in Malacanang, September 1, Ona said that they discussed the seriousness of dengue in the Southeast Asia region during the recent ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting.
Ona said they have resolved to make a common effort in monitoring as well as in conducting research so that in the future we can develop a way to prevent the disease, which is very common in tropical countries such as in the ASEAN area.
"I think we have to do better, we have to do something to prevent it by attacking the vector (mosquito), to give remedy other that what we have today," Ona said.
Insofar as the situation in the country is concerned, Ona said President Benigno Aquino III has instructed the DOH to provided needed help to the regions especially those with high cases of dengue.
These areas included Western Visayas, CALABARZON, Eastern Visayas, Central Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, and some areas in Luzon.
He assured that the DOH and the government for that matter is on top of the problem.
As of September 1, there were 62,503 reported cases of dengue nationwide with a fatality rate of less than 1 percent, which is equivalent to 465 cases.
He also called on the people to help in the campaign against dengue. (PIA 6) [top]