Sen. Risa Hontiveros urges the public not to panic amid DOH’s national dengue alert

Published July 15, 2019, 10:56 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Hannah L. Torregoza

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday called on the public to stay calm following the Department of Health’s (DOH) declaration of a national dengue alert.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Risa Hontiveros
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I call on the public to remain calm even as we all exercise awareness and readiness. I urge everyone to monitor announcements by the DOH and to listen to doctors and other medical professionals in relation to dengue prevention and treatment,” Hontiveros said.

“We must strive to keep our communities dengue-free and provide immediate medical assistance to those infected,” she stressed.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the DOH has raised the dengue alert nationwide due to the rapidly increasing number of cases observed in several regions.

Duque, at the same time, called on the public to observe the 4-S campaign to contain the risk of being infected with dengue.

The 4-S campaign highlights the need to search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; secure self-protection measures, like wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and daily use of mosquito repellent; seek early consultation and to support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered.

“I also call on all relevant agencies, local government units, and non-government organizations to work closely with the DOH towards the implementation of effective anti-dengue programs at the grassroots level,” Hontiveros suggested.

Hontiveros said that while the resurgence of dengue cases in the Philippines is disturbing, she said the problem can be solved.

“While the resurgence of dengue cases in our country is troubling, it is a problem that the Filipino people can surely solve and overcome,” she said.