COMMITTED. Pupils in elementary schools in Iloilo City on Friday (June 14, 2019) pledge their commitment to end dengue. Dr. Rose Marie Lamirez, Medical Officer IV of the Department of Health in Western Visayas, said children need to be aware on how to protect themselves against the disease. (PNA Photo by Gail Momblan)
ILOILO CITY – In observance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dengue Day 2019, elementary students were taught to prevent the spread of dengue.
Dr. Rose Marie Lamirez, Department of Health Center for Health Development Western Visayas (DOH CHD-6) Medical Officer IV said children should be aware on how to prevent dengue.
“Our children are affected – be it in their homes or in schools. For this, we encourage making them aware, for them to know how to take care [of] and protect themselves,” Lamirez said.
“ASEAN Dengue Day is celebrated to raise awareness of dengue and undertake national and regional initiatives in the prevention and control of dengue,” she added.
This year’s ASEAN Dengue Day’s theme, “End Dengue: Starts with Me,” emphasizes small actions that can be made by anyone to fight the spread of the disease.
“The change must start in the individual because behavioral changes of locals to commit to clean the surroundings can address dengue cases,” Lamirez further stressed.
According to the data from DOH-6 from the start of the year to June 1, most cases of dengue in the Western Visayas region were amongst children aged one year to 10 years with 1,926 recorded cases.
Children from ages 11 to 20 had 1,284 recorded cases.
The dengue program included lectures on the disease. Provincial health offices also set up booths with interactive activities.
“We have informative discussions, games, and presentations that were prepared by our provincial health offices, all solely for the information of everyone, especially the children,” Lamirez said.