KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Manipulations in the fight vs. dengue? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:00

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…But, `Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends...” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18, the Holy Bible).
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MANIPULATIONS IN THE FIGHT VS. DENGUE? Does the name “Dr. Metodio A. Palaypay, M.D.” sound familiar to you? If you will tell me no, it is not familiar to you, I would not take it against you for that name is not familiar to me too, but then, he has an explosive disclosure about supposed manipulations in the country’s fight against the fatal disease, dengue.

In an informal talk with me last Wednesday, August 17, 2011, in the presence of Dr. Ponciano Aberin, a current consultant on ecology of the University of the Philippines, Dr. Palaypay told me  and alternative medicine doctor, Hilda Ong, that the campaign against dengue here is skewered, and is aimed not really at eliminating the disease, but in allowing multinational companies to profit immensely.

Dr. Palaypay is right now the executive director of the National Committee on Urban Pest Control (NCUPC), a government-private sector partnership aimed at putting “pest control in the center of all efforts of food safety, public health and property protection”, and which is holding the “Imagine Food Safety, Public Health and Property Protection Without Pest Control” seminar on September 22, 2011 in Manila.
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DISINFORMATION IN THE DENGUE CAMPAIGN: Dr. Palaypay’s thesis was this: there is a lot of disinformation in the fight against dengue right now. For example, authorities are insisting that dengue-carrying mosquitoes thrive in dirty surroundings and dirty water so that, as a counter-measure against the insects, a drive to promote cleanliness is being pushed nationwide.

But, Dr. Palaypay noted, this kind of an information campaign is wrong, because the mosquito dengue carriers, known as Aedes aegypti, cannot live in dirty water. The truth is that, Dr. Palaypay clarified, they live and multiply in clean and clear waters and in clean surroundings.

Then, Dr. Palaypay added, it is very easy to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, with the use of a small, black-painted wooden stick dipped into a glass of clear water left in dark corners of every home.

This “gadget” is intended to attract the mosquitoes, which will be enticed to lay their eggs in the stick. After two or three days of being left alone, the glass and the stick containing the eggs are then retrieved, with the stick and the water being thrown on a hot pavement or doused with boiling water.
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DENGUE FIGHT FAVORS MULTINATIONALS? But, why is this system not being used, even if it could be employed with ease and great success among the 28 million or so elementary, high school and college students across the country who can be required to employ the “wooden stick” approach as part of their curriculum?

The answer, Dr. Palaypay told us, is that, a process like this would give no profits to anyone, and would in fact contravene the business agenda of multinationals who sell expensive products and methodologies to us to fight the mosquitoes and, later, to cure dengue patients. This is the reason why Filipinos are not being given the main road map to fight dengue, the doctor added.