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DOH to households: Maintain cleanliness to prevent spread of dengue

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (1 October) -- Cleanliness remains the best way to combat spread of diseases like the dreaded dengue, asserted the provincial health officer in a media forum Thursday.

"The key is cleanliness. Hindi yan basta lang bababa kung walang kalinisan," Dr. Ana de Guzman said during the KBP Forum Thursday at the Philippine Information Agency.

She said that her office discourages fogging because of its negative effects. Fogging is only recommended when there is clustering of cases, she clarified.

Indiscriminate fogging, she bared, may even result in the mutation of mosquito species that carry the disease like Aedes Egypti. Reports said there are now four strains of dengue which made it more difficult to combat the disease.

She urged all households to maintain cleanliness and sanitation and get rid of possible breeding places of the day-biting mosquitoes like stagnant water in bottles, cans, containers, gutters, tires and flower vases.

De Guzman said that 200 dengue cases with six deaths were recorded in the province from January to September. The figure is lower than that of the same period last year.

As in the national level, dengue cases in the province are expected to decrease in the coming months. But her office remains vigilant on other health problems, she said. "Binabantayan namin ang gastroenteritis at ibang sakit lalo na't parating na ang taglamig," she said.

Meanwhile, the health department in tandem with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will enroll for health insurance indigent families on Saturday, October 2, in four registration areas in Pangasinan under the "Philhealth Sabado" program.

Philhealth information officer Sibelle Estrada identified the venues as the covered courts in the towns of Sual, San Manuel and Malasiqui and the West Central School in this city.

Chester Canto, also of Philhealth, said that five percent of the 220,925 indigent families in Region 1 identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, or 41,949 families, will be enrolled to the program. The DOH has allocatedP500 million for the purpose in compliance with the directive of President Aquino that all families in the country will have access to Philhealth services.

The provincial government, for its part, has allotted P70 million for the health insurance coverage of indigent families from the province, said De Guzman. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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