Councilor Ferrer urges City Health Department to embark on massive info drive to combat dengue, diseases

Published July 15, 2019, 11:28 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Chito Chavez

A Quezon City official has urged the City Health Department to embark anew on a massive information drive in the city’s 142 barangays on how to prevent acquiring common rainy day diseases.

First District Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. issued the call after the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday has declared a “National Dengue Alert” as cases of dengue continue to rise in the country.

Reports disclosed the number of dengue cases has already reached 106,630 from January 1 to June 29 this year.

The DOH noted the figure is 85 percent higher than the number of dengue cases in the same period in 2018.

Also, the DOH also said 456 have died due to dengue this year with most of them children aged five to nine years old.

Ferrer said that deaths could have been thwarted or at least be prevented from getting worse if only local residents were provided with the proper information.

He asked city health officials to double their efforts in warning the public on common rainy day diseases and inform them on proper measures to prevent them.

Aside from the information drive, Ferrer asked the city health department to ensure that the city’s health centers have enough supplies of medicines for these diseases.

Among the common diseases widespread during the rainy season are gastroenteritis, cholera, leptospirosis, skin diseases, dengue and respiratory tract infections.

Ferrer also warned the public against wading, plunging and swimming in the city’s esteros, rivers, ponds, flooded streets and canals as they run the risk of drowning or being infected with communicable diseases.

He raised the concern after reports reaching his office that children used the flooded areas as their swimming pools.

The city councilor also appealed to the parents to look after their children who might want to enjoy the rainy days by wading or plunging to the city’s polluted waterways.

Aside from contracting infectious and contagious diseases, Ferrer said that swimming in the city’s waterways might prove dangerous with the absence of licensed lifeguards.

He suggested that the parents bring their children in the city’s public pool like the one located at Amoranto Stadium which is safe and affordable.

Ferrer noted that his office had received reports that children as young as six years old have used the city’s dirty and murky waterways as their swimming pools.

“Swimmers diving in the dirty waterways might contract infectious diseases like leptospirosis, hepatitis, coliform bacteria, cholera and other similar water borne ailments that would eventually lead to deaths if left untreated,’’ Ferrer concluded.