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Valencia City Health Office Spearheads Dengue Awareness Month Celebration

The City Government of Valencia through the City Health Office leads Dengue Awareness Month Celebration with the theme, “Search and Seek ABKD: Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue” on June 1, 2017 to awaken community involvement and intensify awareness against dengue outbreak.

A motorcade around the city proper kickstarts the activity at 8:00AM starting from the oval grounds to the City Hall Covered Court and was participated by LGU departments, National Offices, barangay governments, DepEd, media partners and local stakeholders.

After the motorcade, a short program was conducted at the City Hall Covered Court. Ms. Gloria P. Sitoy, Health Education and Promotion Officer III of Valencia City Health Office gave the welcome address and thanked the participants for the support.

Ms. Reynalyn E. Capacio, RN, Sanitation Inspector II presented the dengue updates in Valencia City for 2017 while Mr. Gabriel J. Pagote, Vector-borne Coordinator of Provincial Health Office explained the Life Cycle of a Mosquito and emphasized that the Aedes mosquito is the dengue-virus carrier.

Meanwhile, Hon. Policarpo P. Murillo, IV, MD, City Councilor, Chairperson on Health who spoke in behalf of the City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas said that dengue is everybody’s concern. He also reminds the constituents of Valencia that dengue control can be addressed effectively with the involvement of the community.

“Data shows that every year, more Filipinos are getting infected with dengue virus and combating against dengue requires cooperation of the barangay government and we need to do our part in fighting this danger.”

He also discussed that climate change contributes to the increasing number of dengue cases and he said that it is not always during rainy season that dengue cases increase, but also during dry season when mosquitoes breed in overlooked places usually in our own backyards.

City Health Officer Dr. Marlyn V. Agbayani continues to remind everyone of the ABKD Campaign as it seeks to enforce the government’s drive against dengue by inviting community involvement through clean-up up drives and public awareness.

“Stop, Look and Listen,” Dr. Agbayani said. “Stop every 4 o’clock, look for possible mosquito breeding places and listen to all government agencies for the ways on how to combat dengue. This is the 4 o’clock habit.”

In preparation for the rainy season, school officials, teachers and parents are urged to partake in search and destroy activities in the school premises while stakeholders, owners and managers of business establishments and malls, are also strongly encouraged to initiate and sustain their own clean-up activities in their respective areas.

ABKD (Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue) is an anti-dengue advocacy campaign of the government to support DOH’s objective to reduce the cases of dengue in the country. ABKD is emphasized in the month of June during the celebration of Dengue Awareness Month.

EJ Montebon, AO V - CHO