The Quezon City health department, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, will launch a massive dengue awareness campaign on Tuesday (August 18) with QC public schools spearheading the drive in dengue- prone areas.
Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte have been invited to lead the campaign launch, which will be held at the Esteban Abada Elementary School in Barangay Veterans Village in Proj. 7.
The campaign, known as Dengue Mission Buzz 2015, will be anchored on revival of the four o’clock habit, which is a campaign strategy adopted by the DOH where community members search and destroy mosquito breeding places every 4 p.m. in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly disease, which usually peaks during the months of July and August.
The Dengue Mission Buzz 2015, which has as theme, “Linisin ang Kapaligiran, Dengue ay Maiwasan,” will be highlighted by a parade and a dance competition among students enrolled in public schools. To date, 13 schools have already confirmed their participation to the event. These are Sto. Cristo Elementary School, San Francisco Elementary High School, Bagong Silangan Elementary School, Batasan Hills National High School, Quirino Elementary School, Quirino High School, Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, Don A. Roces High School, Kaligayahan Elementary School, San Bartolome High School, Bonifacio Memorial Elementary School, Culiat High School and host Esteban Abada Elementary School.
The inter-school dance competition carries a grand prize of P10,000 while P7,000 and P5,000 cash await the second and third placers, respectively.
Based on the August 8 dengue update provided by the epidemiology and surveillance unit of the city health department, a total of 1,958 dengue hemorrhagic cases had been recorded in QC from January 1 to August 8 this year.
Barangays Holy Spirit, Batasan Hills, Fairview, Commonwealth and Greater Lagro registered the most number of dengue hemorrhagic fever cases. precy/ramir
Posted By: Lynne Pingoy