Antique Eyes P5-M Calamity Fund For Dengue

The Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is eyeing to allocate some PHP5 million from its local disaster risk reduction and management (LDRRM) fund to purchase medical supplies and other needs of dengue patients.

In a meeting held, the council amended Resolution No. 04, series of 2019, declaring the province under a state of calamity due to El Niño to include the ill-effects of dengue.

Antique acting Governor Edgar Denosta, in an interview after the meeting, said they decided to amend the previous resolution so they could appropriate an additional PHP5 million as an intervention to address the dengue problem.

“The PHP5 million calamity fund intended for dengue patients may not really be enough but at least it could already make available some hospital supplies,” he said.

“We have to declare the state of calamity so that there would be funds to be used for the intravenous (IV) fluids needed by patients,” added Antique Provincial Board Member Mayella Plameras-Ladislao, who chairs the committee on health at the Provincial Board.

She also said that the families of dengue patients are also requesting for fresh frozen plasma from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Antique Chapter for which they have to pay the processing and transportation cost.

The PRC Antique Chapter currently operates as a collecting unit and the processing of blood is done at the PRC Blood Center in Iloilo City.

Based on the latest data of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, there are now 476 cases of dengue with five deaths from January 1 – July 7 in Antique province. This is 55 percent higher compared to the same period last year with 308 cases.

The PDRRMC resolution for the amendment will be submitted to the provincial board so that it could tackle for approval during their regular session next week. (PNA)

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