WITH the mushrooming number of dengue cases in various parts of the country, there’s now that urgent need for the government to adopt a comprehensive dengue outbreak response plan.
Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez of Leyte said the adoption of the plan should be the response of the Department of Health (DoH) to the dengue outbreak.
“What we have right now is a public health emergency. What we need is an emergency response that involves integrated action from the national level down to the barangay level,” she said.
And it is certainly heartening to know that the lady solon and her husband, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession, have been helping dengue patients in Leyte.
They called on health department authorities to adopt the proposed response plan against the deadly disease.
Leyte is part of Region 8 or Eastern Visayas. The Romualdezes and health department officials have been working in unison to prevent the outbreak from turning into a full-blown epidemic.
In fact, the Tingog party-list office in Tacloban City is providing, for free, dengue rapid test kits to facilitate the early detection of deadly mosquito bites and ensure the proper treatment of patients.
In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the Tacloban Rescue Unit, Tingog and the office of Majority Leader Romualdez also conducted a blood letting activity in Tacloban City.
As of August 3, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 441 deaths due to dengue across the country. Of the number, 27 deaths were recorded in Region 8.
DoH authorities ought to heed the call of the Romualdez couple if we are to stop the dreaded disease from claiming the lives of more people not only in Eastern Visayas but elsewhere.