BLAZING THOUGHTS: Health is wealth PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 14:48

BY Al Kenoh

In Metro Manila or across the national capital region, the dengue disease has driven several families to desolation with sorrow and grief as their dearest children failed to cling to life despite all the possible remedies taken against the onslaught of the viruses in their blood.

According to the latest news reports, Quezon City is the hardest hit by this malady known as dengue or hemorrhagic fever.

Health Sec. Ona disclosed that efforts to combat this killer disease have been intensified coming up with the so-called Aksyon Brigada Kontra Dengue, a joint project of the
Dept. of Health and Dept. of Interior and Local Government.

It was learned that an estimated cost of P8,000 to P10,000 needed to treat a dengue patient in a government hospital considering the various laboratory examinations required to undergo and adequate supply of blood needed.

Relevantly Sec. Ona assured that it is covered by the PhilHealth benefits. Assured further that poor families are automatic members of PhilHealth upon listed by the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development in every barangay.

While this horrible disease is causing sorrow and fear to the people of Manila and the suburbs, here in this city we also have to do something in order to prevent the occurrence of such pestilence. We should not wait for the disease to emerge in our communities especially the depressed and slum areas.

Cleanliness and sanitation activities, destroying all breeding places of mosquitoes should be consistent. If necessary, conduct fumigation to exterminate or drive away all the dengue carriers from our backyards and surroundings.

Perhaps, it would be a remarkable accomplishment if barangay officials will lead the residents in maintaining cleanliness in their respective barangay.

If we can do it in December for a big prize, then do it regularly for our health. After all, health is wealth.