The government of the Philippines stood firm on its ban on the world’s first dengue vaccine on Tuesday while declaring a nationwide mosquito-borne disease epidemic that it said it murdered hundreds this year.
From January 1 to July 20, the incidence of dengue rose by 98 percent from a year ago to 146,062 instances, causing 662 fatalities, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference announcing a “domestic dengue epidemic.”
In February, Manila prohibited the sale, import and distribution of the Dengvaxia vaccine following the fatalities in a public immunization campaign of several dozen kids who were among over 700,000 individuals shot in 2016 and 2017.
The town government has announced that it is moving its night market from the 500-meter long Harrison Road to Burnham Lake Drive, adjacent to the initial site, in order to prevent congestion of traffic.
One of the primary roads of the city, Harrison Road is often closed to traffic to give way to the market.
Earlier, local authorities were warned by the Department of Public Works and Highways that Harrison Road is a domestic road and should not be closed to that end.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said his office once considered relocating the market to the Baguio Athletic Bowl’s concrete part, but discovered it could not accommodate some 1,044 suppliers on the market.
According to Magalong, the Burnham Lake Drive was the most sensitive relocation location based on evaluation by the city engineering department and the city health services department among other agencies.
But to avoid confusion among tourists, he issued a rigorous no-cooking policy and suggested adequate zoning.