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ED: Stricter oversight is needed in curbing dengue

  • Published at 12:07 am September 4th, 2021
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Why has it taken so long for the local government division to make a move on this?

It is no secret that dengue is one of the primary health care disasters this country has to deal with on an annual basis. And while the LGD -- the government division tasked with tackling this disease -- has recently announced that it is working on creating a new entity that will introduce scientific guidelines to tackle this disease, it should be noted that this body has existed for quite some time now, and it is yet show any progress on solving this issue. 

Couple that with the fact this division introduced guidelines to fight against dengue just last month -- over 20 years after the first outbreak that took place during the turn of the century -- and it becomes clear that we are dealing with a bottleneck in the guise of an inefficient government institution that is repeatedly failing to do its job.   

Dengue is a health care crisis, and measures to combat it in a scientific way are welcome. But why has it taken so long for the LGD to make a move on this? Furthermore, how can the general public be sure that the steps they will take will be effective? Will they even be implemented within a reasonable timeline?  

Government projects like this always suffer from inefficiency and lethargy due to a lack of accountability and oversight. Bodies like the LGD get a huge budget every year courtesy of the taxes from the general populace. The government needs to impose stricter oversight on the LGD and appoint independent investigators and auditors to make sure that the LGD is doing its job, instead of dodging accountability.

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