Dengue Now Very Alarming in Iloilo, Philippines

Cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever in this city increased by around 597 percent with 1,784 and 12 casualties from January to August this year compared with the 256 cases and six fatalities for the same period in 2011.

However, Allan Sy, the city’s executive assistant for health, said that the single death that was recorded in August versus three deaths for the same month last year showed the increase in awareness of the Ilonggos for the symptoms of the disease, paving the way for early diagnosis and treatment.

Although the trend is declining, the cases remain high compared with last year. In 2011, recorded cases in June was 33; June, 58 and 73 in August. This year, the City Health Office (CHO) in a report submitted to Sy showed 453 cases in June; 509 in July and 293 in August.

Sy said that the CHO has already gone massive with its anti-dengue prevention campaign. Specifically, the public is urged to always observe the 4 S (search and destroy, self-protection measures, seek early consultation and say no to indiscriminate fogging).

“There is no substitute for cleanliness,” he underscored.

He disclosed that mist spray which is being provided by the city government with the help of the Chinese Filipino Business Club but it is not enough to contain mosquitoes. He added that the spray is also being washed out once there are heavy rains.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog again reminded barangay officials of the plan to purchase sprayers that they can use in their anti-dengue campaign. The sprayers will be used to drench organic chemicals in breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

The plan was broached several months ago but implementation was a bit delayed due to the requirements they have to comply with as mandated by the Commission on Audit (COA). Each sprayer costs around P2,000.

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