South Cotabato Taps Dilg In Campaign Vs. Dengue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Aug. 24 (PNA) — Health authorities in South Cotabato has sought assistance from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in monitoring the implementation of the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) campaign at the barangay level.

Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, South Cotabato health officer, said Saturday such move is part of their continuing efforts to strengthen the campaign against the deadly mosquito-borne disease within the province’s villages and communities.

He said they specifically asked the DILG to help ensure that the ABKD campaign is implemented and observed properly in all barangays within the province’s 10 towns and lone city.

“We’re not stopping with the delivery of the memorandum regarding the campaign to our barangays. We want to make sure that they properly understand the campaign and do something about it,” he said.

ABKD is a massive information and education campaign earlier adopted by the provincial government to help combat the spread of dengue in the area.

The initiative, which mainly aims to reduce dengue cases and control disease transmission, is implemented at the barangay level through the help of the DILG.

The Integrated Provincial Health Office of South Cotabato has recorded a total of 1,653 cases of dengue infections in the area in the first seven months of the year.

Such figure was up by about 291 percent when compared to the same period last year.

Aturdido said it is important to mobilize barangay officials and stakeholders for the anti-dengue campaign since they are more familiar with the situation on the ground.

He said barangay officials could also influence and eventually mobilize their constituents in joining the information drive and in the cleanup of their surroundings.

“If we want to have zero incidence of dengue, all residents should participate in the campaign,” he added.

In a memorandum, the DILG earlier designated regional focal persons on dengue to monitor the actions undertaken by city, municipal and barangay governments.

Local government units (LGUs), including barangays, were required by the agency to submit quarterly reports regarding the disease’s incidence in their areas.

It also mandated LGUs to enact ordinances or legislations for dengue prevention and control as well as allocate funds for them. (Allen V. Estabillo/PNA)

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