BJMP urges regional directors to maintain clean facilities amid surging dengue cases

Published August 8, 2019, 8:11 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Chito Chavez

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Thursday asked the regional directors of the bureau to maintain the hygienic atmosphere of their facilities to combat the spread of the dengue disease.

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) head Chief Superintendent Allan Iral (BJMP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) head Chief Superintendent Allan Iral

This announcement was issued after the declaration of the national dengue epidemic.

BJMP head Chief Superintendent Allan Iral ordered all jail wardens to meet with their local health units to disseminate valuable information to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease.

Iral noted a systematic and synchronized coordination is essential in combatting the disease.

Aside from maintaining the cleanliness of the BJMP-run jail facilities, Iral wants to ensure the other adjacent areas at the BJMP are also spic and span.

The BJMP’s Directorate for Health Service already issued an advisory on Dengue Preparedness and Outbreak Response in jails, noting that the DOH’s Enhanced 4-S Strategy against dengue must be implemented. This includes:

Search and destroy breeding sites; Seek early consultation; Self-protection; and Say “Yes” to fogging only in hot spot areas where increase is registered for two consecutive weeks.

Iral said jail units would also adopt the recently launched “Sabayang 4-0 o’clock Habit para Deng-Get Out,” a dengue- preventive intervention of DOH.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) had declared a national dengue epidemic due to the rising cases of spike of dengue cases in the country.

DOH records revealed that a total of 146,062 dengue cases have been reported from January to July 20 this year which is 98 percent higher than the same period in 2018.