DOH calls for regulation on bamboo use to curb dengue and malaria


The Department of Health (DOH) said the use of bamboo (buho) as fencing material should be regulated as it serves as breeding areas for mosquitoes carrying dengue and malaria virus.

DOH MIMAROPA officer-in-charge regional director Mario Baquilod said they will support local government units (LGUs) in Palawan that will pass measures to control the use and selling of bamboo stalks to prevent new cases of dengue, particularly during the rainy season.

“It is quite alarming kaya we are emphasizing early consultation and to search and destroy the breeding places of the carrier mosquitoes,” Baquilod added.

He said some 581 cases of dengue has so far been reported in the province, and 236 of them were from Puerto Princesa.

Palawan, he added, has been consistent in having the highest number of dengue cases in the MIMAROPA region.

Dr. Dean Palanca of the City Health Office (CHO) also said they are asking the City Council to pass an ordinance that will regulate the selling and use of bamboo stalks as a preventive measure against dengue.

He suggested an interim measure to require vendors to cut the part of the bamboo stalks where water collects before they sell them.

“Dapat sana may regulate, kahit ‘yon bang putulin muna ang parte ng buho kung saan naiipon ang tubig na pinamumugaran ng mga lamok,” Palanca said.

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