EU gives PH P5.7M to fight surge in dengue cases

EU gives PH P5.7M to fight surge in dengue cases

The declaration of the “national dengue alert” by the Department of Health (DOH) has put the nation worry about the mosquito borne disease.
All local government units have been tasked to mitigate the effect of the mosquitos in their respective jurisdictions as ive regions—CALABARZON, Bicol region, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula—exceeded the epidemic threshold or the “level of occurrence of disease above which an urgent response is required.”

DOH reports that even the provinces of MIMAROPA, Northern Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are significantly higher than in previous years.

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The European Union (EU) will provide €100,000 or around P5.67 million in humanitarian aid to help communities most affected by the soaring number of dengue cases in the country.
The funding is expected to benefit 300,000 individuals in CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Metro Manila and Western Visayas, EU said in a statement

The assistance will support the Philippine Red Cross “in delivering crucial assistance through the strengthening of public health services such as the establishment of dengue emergency medical units or hospital extension wards at local government hospitals and the provision of nursing staff to respond to overwhelming dengue cases.”

Part of the donated money will be used for the cleaning and treating of mosquito breeding grounds and in  enhancing public awareness through health and promotion activities and information dissemination.

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