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“Ligtas na sa COVID, ligtas pa sa dengue”

Honey Lacuna
A visit was made by Mayor Honey Lacuna in a vaccination site as the city prepares for face-to-face classes on August 22. (JERRY S. TAN)

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna gave this assurance to the parents and guardians whose kids will be attending face-to-face classes in Manila’s public schools come August.

Lacuna said that the Manila Health Department headed by Dr. Poks Pangan and the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) headed by Arnel Angeles are jointly and continuously disinfecting both elementary and high schools in the city and will continue to do so even after face-to-face classes have begun.

“Maraming salamat sa MHD at the MDRRMO. Sa ganitong paraan ay makasisiguro ang mga magulang na ang kanilang mga anak ay ligtas hindi lamang sa COVID kundi pati sa dengue,” Lacuna added.

Lacuna noted that the number of dengue cases in Manila from January 1 to August 6 has reached a high of 1,067 in all.

The cases, she said, peaked that from August 1 to 6 alone, a total of 152 cases were recorded in only a weeklong period.

“Ibig sabihin, mataas ang kaso dengue at nakapagtala sa anim na barangay ng pinakamataas na kaso ng dengue,” Lacuna said.

“Napakahirap dahil me covid na, may dengue pa kaya ibayong ingat ang hinihingi natin sa kapwa natin Manilenyo paano maiwasan magkaron dengue,” the lady mayor added.

Lacuna, a doctor, underscored the importance of keeping the surroundings clean at all times and free from stagnant water which may turn into breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

The lady mayor also urged Manilans to do away with tin cans, pails, bottles, old tires and bins that may store stagnant water and for them to keep canals clean.

It will also help to wear light-colored clothings as dengue-carrying mosquitoes are said to be attracted to dark-colored garments, use repellants and longsleeves and pants if possible, she added.

Citing reports, Lacuna expressed concern that over 92,000 dengue cases have already been registered countrywide from January 1 to July 23, 2022.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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