CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Governor Lilia Pineda told officials of the nine district and provincial hospitals on Monday that patients afflicted with dengue should be properly treated for free.
"Sinabihan ko na yung mga hospital chiefs natin na kapag pasyente sa dengue ay gamutin nila ng maayos at walang babayarang bill," she said.
This came amidst reports that dengue cases are rising in the province despite its reported 500 decrease during the first quarter of the year.
"No need to be complacent with the remarkable decrease in dengue cases and other related diseases as the rainy season has started this month," the governor said.
Pineda added, â€śWe have to be more cautious and vigilant as these diseases may hit when we least expect it.â€ť
Dr. Marcelo Auchico, provincial health officer, said there is also a need for an intensified information dissemination campaign on the importance of clean surroundings and good health care.
Auchico said he has coordinated with various schools throughout the province regarding the said possible spread of the dengue virus.
â€śWe have also joined the 'Brigada Eskwela'. Together with the barangay health offices, we helped clean schools and their surroundings and premises,â€ť Auchico added.
Auchico said the Provincial Governmentâ€™s current strategy is to focus on areas with high incidences of dengue and distribute larvicide in said areas.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 26, 2012.