NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – A total of 1,538 cases of dengue infection was recorded in Nueva Ecija in the period of January to July of this year.
The figure is almost triple the number of cases during the same period last year which recorded 566 cases.
The Provincial Health Office expressed concern over the surge of dengue infection. Most of the cases were recorded in Cabanatuan and Bongabon with 307 and 79 cases respectively.
According to Dr. Benjamin Lopez, the spread of dengue infection was due to flood and unclean surroundings left by monsoon rains that established breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
The PHO is working double time to destroy such breeding grounds to prevent further spread of dengue infection.
“Iyon pong pagtutok sa search and destroy, pagba-bahay-bahay, talagang tinitignan ang mga pinamumugaran ng lamok. Ang priority po natin ang ating schools dahil karamihan po at majority po ng cases po natin ay nasa school-age children,” explained Lopez.
To date, dengue has claimed the lives of 10 individuals in the province, according to Lopez, mostly between the ages of 6 and 12.
Nevertheless, the PHO assured they have enough supply of medicine and larvicide for prevention.
Health authorities remind the public to immediately seek professional help once symptoms of dengue infection occur. – Danny Munar / Marje Pelayo
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) wants to look into research-based technologies to address the dengue problem in the country.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said the department has funded several research projects and programs to aid in addressing the different aspects of the disease.
“Through the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, we have funded a number of research projects and programs consistent with the multi-prong approach in the control of dengue that address different aspects such as diagnosis and treatment,” he said.
One of the researches supported by the DOST is the Biotek M which is a rapid diagnostic test for dengue. This kit can diagnose dengue as early as two to three days after the onset of illness.
They are also looking into a possible herbal medicine for dengue.
“Dengue research and development has always been one of the priority research areas in the country. This is stated in the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda led by the DOST,” said Sec. de la Peña.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar on his social media account encourages provincial governments to support local farmers by buying their harvest.
The Secretary lauded the provincial government of Nueva Ecija under Governor Ojie Umali for putting up a total of P200-M capital which they would utilize to buy wet palay from local farmers at P15 a kilogram.
“We request all other Governors in the top 30 rice-producing provinces to do the same,” Secretary Dar said.
Under such program, the provincial government will be the one to dry, mill and sell the rice to the public after it purchased wet palay from farmers.
The DA, for its part, meanwhile, will help in facilitating loans with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) using the provincial government’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) as collateral, according to Dar.
“We will have the NFA unutilized warehouses leased with the Provincial Governments. The DA with the Region 3 unit transferred certificates of grant assistance to the Provincial Governor worth P150- M,” Dar explained.
“Tulungan natin ang lahat nating magsasaka (Let us help our farmers),” he concluded.
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