Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ilocos Norte set for emergency purchase of dengue kits


By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Owing to the higher number of dengue cases involving children in the province, health officials here recommended the emergency purchase of dengue kits as public hospitals are now running out of supply.

In view of this, Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos said the provincial government will be procuring some dengue kits for distribution to the different provincial government-run health facilities.

As of July, the Provincial Health Office has recorded 437 dengue cases with five deaths in the towns of Dingras, Solsona, Badoc and Laoag.

According to Dr. Josephine Ruedas, PHO officer-in-charge, a box containing 25 dengue kits costs more than PHP25,000.

To ensure that the Commission on Audit (COA) will allow the emergency purchase of dengue kits, Ms. Ruedas said they will be attaching a state of calamity declaration of the municipality of Dingras as supporting due to rise in Dengue cases in the said municipality.

“At the Dingras District Hospital, we have 45 dengue cases so, we are still trying to assess how much will be purchased,” said Ms. Ruedas.

Apart from the conduct of massive information drive and fumigation activities in several affected areas in the province to drive away dengue-carrying mosquitoes, local residents are being encouraged to clean up their surroundings and get rid of the possible breeding site of mosquitoes.

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