BARMM combats region’s rising dengue cases

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Cotabato City, Philippines

The Bangsamoro health ministry mobilized its resources to combat the rising dengue cases in the autonomous region.

Physician Zul Qarneyn Abas, officer-in-charge of the Ministry of Health-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH_BARMM), told reporters on Thursday, July 21, the BARMM had a total of 1,525 dengue cases, with 22 fatalities.

“We are doing our best to address the situation with the help of local government units in BARMM,” he said.

He said most of those who got sick of “dengue fever” in the Bangsamoro region are children.

“We are calling on residents of BARMM to immediately refer to rural health centers and the municipal health offices suspected dengue cases,” Abas said.

He said the Integrated Provincial Health Offices in the five provinces of the Bangsamoro region — Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi — are in the forefront of the BARMM health ministry’s anti-dengue effort.

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The health ministry is also focused on the setting up of more health service facilities in Cotabato City, the capital of the Bangsamoro region. A number of barangays in the city are to benefit from the program.

“This will further boost our delivery of health services in Cotabato City,” Abas said.  (John Unson)

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