Lilia lauds city health execs for anti-dengue drive success PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:58

Zamboanga City Second District Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño on Wednesday commended the City Health Office (CHO) and barangay workers for the successful campaign to minimize the threat of dengue in the city

Nuño was reacting to the statement of City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos that the number of dengue cases in the city decreased by 1,221 last year compared to that in 2013.

“I am happy to note that we have managed to drastically reduce the number of dengue cases in our city,” Nuño said adding that credit should also be given to the city’s barangay health workers.

“As I keep on advocating, prevention is better than cure and we applaud the vigilance of our City Health Office personnel and our barangay health workers for the encouraging results of our dengue eradication campaign,” she said.

But Nuño warned that a new health threat could be emerging in the country following the discovery of the country’s first positive case of a person infected with the dreaded Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus MERS-CoV.

The patient, said to be a nurse working in Saudi Arabia, is now being treated at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) facility in Muntinlupa in Metro Manila.

Nuño noted that no less then President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered the Department of Health (DOH) last week to ensure that all the necessary preventive measures will be undertaken to prevent the spread of the MERS-CoV disease.

Earlier, Agbulos said they recorded 3,590 dengue cases in 2014 and 4,811 cases in 2013. Thirty of the 30 dengue patients died in 2014 while the disease claimed 35 lives in 2013.

Agbulos attributed the decrease to the continued prevention efforts of his office with the participation of the different sectors. He said they have also activated and trained barangay dengue control teams.

Meanwhile, Nuño said the promotion of public health continued to be one of her main advocacies as a congresswoman.

Last year alone, she noted, her office conducted several dental and circumcision missions in 23 barangays in the city. More than P5 Million coming from the budgets of the Department Health and downloaded to the Zamboanga City Medical Center had been spent for medical services to indigents, Nuño added.

Nuño said her office extended P5.5 million in medical assistance to poor Zamboanga City patients who were treated at National Kidney and Transplant Institute and the Philippine Heart Center and the Lung Center in the National Capital Region. Through her initiative, Nuño said more than 3,600 local residents received health services from the Department of Social Welfare and Development national office.