LGUs urged to activate measures vs. dengue

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos on Wednesday urged local government units (LGUs) to activate anti-dengue measures, particularly in barangays, to stop the further spread of the mosquito-borne disease.

"Dengue remains to be a public health threat and with the escalating cases in the country today, LGUs must take a proactive stance and implement strategies to protect our people in the communities from this deadly disease," Abalos said in a statement.

Latest data from the Health department showed dengue cases in the country rose by 152% from Jan. 1 to Aug. 20 this year compared to the same period last year.

The regions that logged the most cases include Central Luzon with 23,865, Metro Manila with 12,059, and Central Visayas with 11,936.

As infections rise, Abalos said the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD), an interagency effort against the disease institutionalized in 2012, can be activated by LGUs.

"Under ABKD, Punong Barangays [barangay chairpersons] shall lead in the clean-up drive within the community by mobilizing volunteers, residents, and barangay health teams such as the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team and Barangay Health Workers," he explained.

To further reduce the number of dengue cases, the public is also advised to continue practicing the "Enhanced 4S," or to search and destroy breeding sites; seek early consultation; self-protection; and say 'Yes' to fogging only in hotspot areas where an increase is registered for two consecutive weeks.