CHO urges early action vs dengue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:11

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The City Health Office (CHO) is urging barangay leaders to take early action to prevent further dengue cases in the City.

“This is an appeal to all barangay officials to work closely with the City Health Office…to come up with your own clean up drives in your barangays,” City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos told local media on Monday, August 15.

According to Agbulos, dengue cases as of August 12 in the City has reached alert threshold levels, and while it is yet to rise to epidemic threshold levels, the City Health Officer is urging early action in areas of prevention and control to curb the number of dengue cases in the coming months.

For the month of July, a total of 313 dengue cases were recorded, a significantly lower number compared to the 404 cases documented for the same month last year. On a weekly perspective, however, Agbulos said the numbers indicate that the City has hit the alert threshold for dengue cases.

“We have reached the alert level of dengue.  So, meaning to say maskin bajo le compared na last year, but when we extract it by week, in the last two weeks, ya subi ya kita…once we reach the alert level, we have to watch for the epidemic threshold,” Agbulos said.

An alert threshold is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the critical number of cases that is used to sound an early warning and prepare to respond to the epidemic. Epidemic threshold on the other hand is defined as “the critical number or density of susceptible hosts required for an epidemic to occur”.

For the month of August, a total of 78 dengue cases have so far been recorded.

Agbulos has called for immediate action from the community to help prevent the rise of dengue to epidemic levels.

“We are still doing our best, in the prevention and control. While no hay pa kita na epidemic, mobe ya gat kita,” he said.

Barangays with the most number of dengue cases are Tetuan, Talon-Talon, Calarian, Tumaga, Sta. Maria, Baliwasan, Tugbungan, San Roque, Putik, and Pasonanca.

Among the measures for dengue prevention are maintaining the cleanliness of the community, covering water containers and trash cans, clearing out areas with stagnant water such as old tires, vases, and gutters, and using mosquito nets and insect repellants to prevent mosquito bites. — Jasmine Mohammadsali