Boracay at risk of dengue

By: Gail T. Momblan

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas urged local officials in Boracay Island to reactivate the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) or Dengue Task Force after it was found that the island resort was at high risk of the mosquito-borne infection.

The villages of Yapak, Balabag, and Manok-manok which compose the Boracay Island were subjected to a survey on July 9-13, DOH-6 Assistant Regional Director Ma. Julia Z. Villanueva said.

The DOH’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Malay, Aklan jointly conducted the survey.

“Damo nakita didto nga breeding sites sang lamok,” Villanueva stated.

Dirty surroundings and the absence of garbage dumpsites also contributed to the problem, she added.

In the survey, Barangay Balabag posted 36 positive dengue breeding sites out of 100 households.

Barangay Manoc-manoc had 34 while Yapak had 29 positive dengue breeding sites, also out of 100 households.

Most of the time, Villanueva said that drums and containers that hold water serve as breeding grounds for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which are the main carriers of the infection.

Villanueva encouraged the village officials to maintain the cleanliness of the community and practice the “4-S Kontra Dengue.”

4-S stands for search and destroy breeding grounds, use self protection, seek consultation for fever, and saying yes to fogging in cases of dengue outbreaks.

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