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Thursday, November 17, 2016

DOST Bicol spearheads training on S&T dicoveries, innovations to combat Dengue

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) -- The rise of mosquito-related illnesses in the country has sent a signal for alarm and prompted actions from government agencies for a cohesive prevention and control measures.

Bicol director Tomas B. Briñas of the Department of Science and Technoloy (DOST) stated the cirscumstance also indicated an urgent call among Science and Technology (S&T) partners to carry out broader, adoptable and quick solutions to these mosquito-borne-diseases, especially dengue and chikungunya.

It can be recalled that the Department of Health (DOH)  reported a 36 percent increase for dengue cases from January to June of this year while in July 2016 the provincial povernment of Cavite declared a state of calamity after the Chikungunya outbreak hit the municipality of Indang wherein 240 cases were reported.

DOH noted that these figures are expected to rise due to the rainy season.

DOST Bicol, according Briñas, has partnered with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), has recently trained 75 provincial, city and municipal health office heads, sanitary officers, and nurses of the six provinces in the region on the national program "National Dengue Vector Surveillance Program-Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (NDVSP-ABKD) and Dengue Early Warning System recently.

A group of Manila-based researchers from PCHRD, University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila and Manila HealthTek, Inc. were tapped as resource speakers to orient the participants regarding current S&T innovations and researches for the prevention and control of mosquito-related diseases.

Guidditta L. Gelera, Science Research Specialist II of the DOST-PCHRD, bared in her talks the latest DOST Programs and Researches on Dengue noting that the study on Tawa-tawa (Euphorbia hirta) for use as an herbal cure for Dengue which is now 90 percent near completion.

"This plant was proven for its cell production that prevents platelet decrease and destruction during attack. It was found out that same plant can reduce bleeding and blood clotting time up to 62 percent and 58 percent, respectively," Gelera explained.

Joy Ann P. Santos, one of the inventors of Bio Tek-M Aqua Kit who works for Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, National Institutes of Health, UP-Manila introduced and demonstrated the use of the BioTek-M Lamp Heater and Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit.

Both devices are portable and designed to perform diagnostic tests to detect dengue infections in serum/plasma samples similar to the tests done in traditional laboratories.

Maria Carmen Y. Ocampo, sales and marketing officer/company pharmacist of Manila HealthTek, Inc. shared that the company now sells these devices to interested buyers and welcomes new marketing outlets in the region.

 Lhea Dyn B. Bellen, Science Research Specialist II/Regional Program Coordinator, NDVSMP-ABKD, DOST V gave the overview of the Bicol Integrated Dengue Vector Management Program (BIDVMP), a more integrated approach in the prevention and control of Dengue cases in the Region involving other government agencies namely DOH, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

BIDVMP also includes the new Dengue Vector Surveillance and BIDVMP Website discussed by Nicole Anne L. Bejo, Science Research Specialist I, DOST V.

The website features the program strategies for dengue prevention, an updated map showing the number of dengue cases in the region and an OL index for the location and population of dengue causing mosquitos.

Briñas emphasized that this initiative bridges what S&T  can do together with the health community in addressing issues and concerns of Filipinos nationwide.

Through the years, S&T innovations, discoveries and breakthroughs brought about by scientific researches of DOST and its S&T partners have led to the development and establishment of medical and pharmaceutical industries in the country.

"The health of Filipinos, the Bicolanos in particular, must not be put at risk. Our fervent desire to attain a livable, resilient and safe region is in the S&T priorities of the department under Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña," Briñas said (MAL/POLucena/XTLVibar-DOST5/PIA5).        

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211479361991/dost-bicol-spearheads-training-on-s-t-dicoveries-innovations-to-combat-dengue#sthash.Q5vg11EM.dpuf

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