Department of Health total dengue response plan urged

Yedda Marie K. Romualdez
Yedda Marie K. Romualdez

FOLLOWING the declaration of a national dengue epidemic, Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez urged the Department of Health (DoH) to adopt a comprehensive dengue outbreak response plan.

Rep. Romualdez has joined the nation in calling for vigilance as dengue cases continue to surge.

“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 barangay level,” Romualdez said.

Because Region 8 is among the areas with a dengue outbreak, Romualdez said she has been in close communication with DOH officials in Region 8 to map out plans to prevent it from turning into a full-blown epidemic.         

“I am thankful that DOH officials on the ground are doing their homework. With their help, we are trying to adopt a comprehensive response for the dengue outbreak,” Romualdez said.    

“But for a comprehensive response to work, we need an integrated framework that includes management of clinical care, epidemiological, laboratory and vector surveillance, and risk communication. This requires guidance from the national level,” he added.

Currently, Romualdez said she and her husband, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, are mobilizing resources to provide hospital and clinical treatment to dengue patients in Leyte.

Tingog office in Tacloban is also providing, for free, dengue rapid test kits to facilitate the early detection of deadly mosquito bites and ensure the proper treatment of patients.          

In this connection, the Tingog party-list and the office of Majority Leader Romualdez held this Thursday a blood letting activity at Tingog Community Center in Tacloban City to save lives.

This is in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Tacloban Rescue Unit (Tacru).

Romualdez said their offices have also made available four fogging teams with misting machines and insecticide for deployment in dengue-affected barangays.

The aim of the mosquito fogging operations is to kill, or “knock down”, any adult dengue mosquitoes that may be carrying the dengue virus, she said.

As of August 3, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 441 deaths due to dengue and a total of 106,244 cases in various parts of the country.

Twenty-seven of the deaths were recorded in Region 8, with 7,769 total dengue cases.

In Leyte province alone, seven reportedly died due to dengue with reported cases reaching a total of 2,259.

With Jezreel Biscocho