Senator Nancy wants Senate Inquiry on Dengue

Senator Nancy Binay is urging colleagues in senate to conduct an inquiry on the rising number of reported cases of dengue in the country. “We need to find out how we can plug the holes and prevent from happening similar cases in the future,” Senator Nancy said.

“I am urging my fellow senators to seek an investigation into this issue,” she said. She filed Senate Resolution No. 1608 which directs the proper Senate committees to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation regarding the alarming increase of reported dengue cases in the country, with the end in view of proposing policy for continuous improvement in the prevention of the disease.

According to Department of Health (DOH) 78,808 dengue cases were reported in seven regions in the country from January 1 to September 5, a 16.5 percent rise from the same period last year.

Cagayan Valley registered the highest increase with 5,618 cases this year, followed by the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) with 2,508 cases.

Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, the Ilocos Region and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao also recorded increases in dengue cases.

The provinces of Bulacan and Cavite have already declared a state of calamities in their respective areas due to the rising number of dengue patients and deaths brought about by the disease.