KALIBO, Aklan, July 15 (PIA) -- The Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO), through the Provincial Advisory Council for Police Transformation and Development (PAC-PTD), Aklan BAGHAY Inc. and the Association of Municipal Health Officers in the Philippines (AMHOP)-Aklan Chapter, launched on July 10 an initiative for the prevention and control of dengue in the province dubbed Move Against Dengue (MAD).
The launching was an offshoot of Resolution No. 2019-05, Series of 2019 crafted by PAC-PTD during an emergency meeting called by the group and held July 7 at the Conference Hall of the APPO to help devise ways to control the rising cases of dengue in Aklan.
As of this writing and as recorded by the Aklan Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance and Response Unit (APESRU), dengue cases in Aklan have reached 2,171 with 15 deaths.
MAD, according to Aklan BAGHAY president Ramel Buncalan, is an advocacy program to help fight dengue in the province by soliciting the unity and cooperation of the Aklanon community.
MAD's launching on July 10 started with a Holy Mass at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Kalibo and followed by a motorcade from Poblacion to Sitio Baybay in New Buswang, Kalibo, after which a short lecture and a clean-up drive were conducted.
Aside from APPO officers and personnel, PAC-PTD and AMHOP members, the clean-up drive was participated in by Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Sitio Baybay, Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) from Lezo, Aklan, Lezo Rural Health Unit (RHU), Girl Scouts of the Philippines, personnel from various Municipal Police Stations, 12IB Philippine Army and 12IB Philippine Army Reservists. (JBG/VGV/PIA6 Aklan)