By SEPTIANNE ROSE P. MORENO
Knowing that the dengue fever outbreak has been declared a national epidemic in the Philippines after causing hundreds of deaths this year, the Government thru the Department of Health (DOH) launched a “Sabayang 4-o’clock Habit para sa Deng-Get Out vs. Dengue” a vector control program which aims to search and destroy mosquito breeding sites and to elevate the consciousness of the community on maintaining clean environment.
With the urged to participate, the Barangay Poblacion of the Municipality of Lianga had carried out the said program per Municipal Memorandum No. 11-2019 in coordination of the DOH and Municipal Health Office and involving different agencies and organizations in organizing a Cleanup Drive Activity on September 21, 2019 at 7:00 o’clock in the morning within the premises of the Barangay.
A final briefing and meeting of the aforesaid activity was given on September 20, 2019 at Poblacion Barangay Hall which were presided by Nurse II Loina Grace M. Encenzo and Nurse II Jessa Irish M. Layno, HRH Poblacion. Aside from CENRO-Lianga, several groups of entity were responded to the call, namely: LGU, BLGU-Poblacion, Sangguniang Kabataan, Purok Leaders, Water District, Barangay Health Worker (BHW), BJMP, PNP, Academe, 4P’s members, Poblacion Community, LIFSac, Organizations and Clubs/ Groups.
As raised by the body on the issue of the disposition of collected solid wastes, the CENRO Lianga was given brief time to discuss about the declaration of policy of RA 9003 known as ESWM Act of 2000, especially addressing the issue of allowing incineration in the program.
“Per national law, incineration is prohibited, thus, we do not encourage burning of solid wastes. As to biodegradable trash such as kitchen wastes and plant debris, we suggest you to make a compost pit or you may bury it” said Septianne Rose Moreno, CENRO-Lianga representative, during the final briefing of the program.
To wrap up, the launching of the program is a big success which drawn more than 500 participants and collected more than 50 sacks of solid wastes across the barangay. Dissemination of dengue-awareness reading materials and application of chlorine solution on waterways were done as well.
“On behalf of the DOH/ MHO and Barangay Officials, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the tremendous participation of all who responded to this program. Dengue prevention and control is a shared responsibility. Unless everybody plays their role, dengue will not be controlled. Let us continue to be proactive and take conscious effort to fight the killer bite” expressed by HRH Poblacion representatives.
Cleaning is not enough … cleaning must be accompanied with greening and sustainable living… what we continually do for our environment so as the environment give what we deserve.
Meanwhile, dengue is a mosquito-transmitted virus infection that became rampant across the tropical and subtropical countries which worsened due to global warming and that temperature ranging between 27 and 32 degrees Celsius— ideal temperature for Aedes mosquitoes, the carrier of viral disease to breed. Seeing that the climate change is also considered the culprit of the epidemic outbreak, thus, an impelling retaliation on environmental demands is needed.
Cleaning is not enough to wash out viruses; cleaning must be accompanied with greening and sustainable living. We can fight the killer bite by combating the global warming. At the end of the story, as what we continually do for our environment so as the environment give what we deserve. (SRPM/ CENRO-Lianga)