CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas has issued a dengue alert due to the rising cases of the mosquito-borne disease since the start of 2019, with at least 19 deaths recorded.
Still, the regional DOH office said it would not declare a dengue fever outbreak because local government units could still contain the spread of the disease through massive cleanup drives.
From January 1 to July 6, DOH Eastern Visayas recorded 4,550 dengue cases. This is already 86% higher than the 3,913 cases for the entire 2018.
According to DOH, the following areas in Eastern Visayas have recorded fatalities:
- Guiuan – 3
- Tacloban City – 2
- Quinapondan – 2
- Mahaplag – 1
- Kawayan – 1
- General McArthur – 1
- Hernani – 1
- Sogod – 1
- Macrohon – 1
- Baybay – 1
- Merida – 1
- Babatngon – 1
- Catbalogan – 1
- Calbayog – 1
- Burauen – 1
“Pag-igtingin ang paglilinis ng kapaligiran, laging mag-4S. Magpakonsulta agad kapag may lagnat na nang dalawang araw sa pinakamalapit na health center o ospital,” the DOH said in a statement. (Let’s clean our surroundings intensively and always use 4S. Immediately seek medical consultation at the nearest health center or hospital when fever has not ceased for two days.)
4S means search and destroy, self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and say no to indiscriminate fogging.
State of calamity
The town of Santa Fe in Leyte has been placed under a state of calamity due to rising dengue cases.
According to the municipal health office at least 101 dengue cases were recorded from May 15 to July 8. (READ: Is it or is it not dengue?)
Santa Fe municipal health officer Dr Rowena de Veyra reportedly said that while there was no recorded fatality, 90% of the patients were children.
Fifteen out of the 20 barangays in Sta Fe are affected by the mosquito-borne disease.
Santa Fe Mayor Amparo Montesa asked the municipal council to place the town under state of calamity to enable the local government to purchase misting machines that will be used to kill mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus. – Rappler.com