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PIA Press Release
2009/06/06

Abra town sustains dengue awareness campaign

by Maritess Beņas

San Quintin, Abra (6 June) -- The sustained dengue awareness campaign carried out by Mayor Amador B. Diaz has resulted to zero cases in this town now.

Dengue outbreak occurred in the barangay of Villa Mercedes in San Quintin the other year resulting to death of some children. Because of this, the mayor had resurrected the Clean and Green Competition among its barangays the following year to popularize the campaign against dengue and all other diseases that are caused by lack of sanitation and proper health practices.

Enjoining the participation of the people in the barangays particularly with the clean and green competition, the result was very positive.

Diaz announced that the Clean and Green Competition among the barangays in the municipality will go on to sustain the campaign on health and sanitation. Aside from the competition, weekly activities like the simultaneous cleaning of surrounding every Friday morning and physical fitness activities every Friday afternoon are being undertaken in the LGU as well as in all the barangays and school campuses throughout the municipality.

Meanwhile, the national dengue awareness campaign in the province was recently launched at the San Quintin municipal Extension Building in Brgy. Villa Mercedes. The campaign is spearheaded by the Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Godofredo Gasa in collaboration with the Department of Health-Center of Health Development(DOH-CHD) headed by Dr. Rodolfo Dy. Participants came from the local communities led by the local officials and employees of the Local government Unit.

The dengue awareness campaign launched simultaneously throughout the country will provide massive information education campaign (IEC) on the signs and symptoms of dengue and how to prevent infestation.

Relative to this, an IEC on the Influenza A (H1N1) will also be given by the DOH-CHD to caution the public on the possible outbreak in the community considering the presence of travelers from abroad. The same IEC was also given again to the members of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) during their contingency planning seminar/workshop held at the provincial capitol to update the members on the virus infestation especially now that the number of cases is increasing. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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