The Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan Project (PTFK), the Integrated Provincial Health Office of South Cotabato (IPHO) has invited Polomolok to celebrate ASEAN Dengue Day or Dengue Awareness Month Celebration on June 14, 2019 at Brgy. Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was participated by 350 Municipal Health Office staff, brgy. health workers, midwives, Health Promotion Officers (HEPOs), Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) advocates, teachers and students of Dole Cannery Central Elementary School, parents, barangay councilors, and other stakeholders.
The activity started with a motorcade from Dole Central Elementary School to Polomolok Public Market and back to the school’s covered court where the participants gathered. Dr. Rogelio B. Aturdido, the Provincial Health Officer of South Cotabato, spoke emphasis on the Enhanced 4S Strategy against dengue and other aedes-borne viral diseases. Dr. Earl Dimamay, a rural health physician from the MHO, presented statistics on dengue in the municipality, dengue accomplishment, and best practices. Dengue insecticides treated screens (ITS), logistics, and supplies were turned over to Brgy. Cannery Site. There was a signing of pledge of support for a dengue-free school and Brgy. Cannery Site as well as institutionalization of the Enhanced 4S Strategy. IEC materials such as advocacy tarps were produced and distributed to selected schools and cooperatives for this activity. Participants received flyers on the 4S strategy against dengue, dengue symptoms, and practices to combat dengue (such as AKBD: Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue).