by Priam Nepomuceno
MANILA — With ongoing efforts to eradicate and neutralize the dengue menace, the Philippine Army (PA) – through its Dengue Mission Team – is continuing to aid victims of the disease in Iloilo City.
PA spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, in a statement Thursday, said the effort is being spearheaded by the Army General Hospital.
He said the Dengue Mission Team was deployed to Iloilo City last August 11 to augment the medical personnel of the 3rd Infantry Division, Municipal Health Center and other civilian nurses and doctors who were addressing the alarming and the increasing rate of dengue victims.
“Everyday, parami nang parami ang nare-record na cases ng dengue (the number of dengue cases being recorded is increasing) at usually, school children,” said team leader Major Ryan A. Morla.
He said the Dengue Mission Team will be in Iloilo City as long as there is an outbreak.
As of Thursday, more or less 30 dengue patients were admitted in the team’s Hydration Unit for appropriate medical treatment.
Recently, Army personnel also conducted a bloodletting activity for the benefit of dengue victims.
“The PA exists to serve the people, and we can do so by extending medical aid to those in need. Our commitment to serving is not only confined to ensuring the security but also in alleviating the health woes of our citizens,” Zagala said. (PNA)