Issue of June 9, 2019
Mt. Province

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CHSO urges vigilance vs dengue
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged the public to remain vigilant against dengue fever even as the City Health Service Office (HSO) reported that cases in the city remained low.

In his address during the flag-raising ceremonies, Domogan reminded residents to continuously keep their surroundings clean and free from stagnant water where dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed and thrive.

“Dengue fever is a serious disease and we have to do our best to protect ourselves and our loved ones against the perils of this dreaded illness,” the mayor said.

The HSO under Dr. Rowena Galpo reported that a total of 99 cases were recorded in the city from January 1 to June 3 which is an 18.18 percent decrease from last year’s 121 cases.

“The age of (those affected) ranges from four months to 82 years old. Majority of the cases are males (55 percent).  There were no clustering and fatalities reported,” the report from City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head and Dengue Program Coordinator Donnabel Tubera said.

Earlier, Domogan and Galpo urged the public to observe anti-dengue measures particularly those contained in Ordinance 66 s. 2016 or the “Anti-Dengue Ordinance of the City of Baguio” and the Department of Health’s “Mag-4S Kontra Dengue (Search and destroy breeding places; Self-protection measures; Seek early consultation; Support spraying to prevent impending diseases).”

“If you are experiencing fever for two days, please have yourself checked at the nearest health center because early detection is necessary to prevent worse symptoms or even death,” Galpo said.

The city’s Anti-Dengue Ordinance mandates the adoption of the following measures: 

For households and business owners, they must properly and tightly cover all water containers at all times; properly collect, store, dispose or recycle if possible, all unused tin cans, jars, bottles, covers or caps, pots and the like; check and drain water in all plant vases and other natural or artificial containers that may accumulate water as these are potential breeding places of mosquitoes; properly dispose broken appliances and other bulky materials which may accumulate rain water; puncture or cut or properly dispose all old or discarded tires; conduct search and destroy activities inside and outside the buildings/homes by doing proper solid waste management, eliminate breeding sites; and seek early consultation when experiencing fever of at least two days;

Wear protective clothing and apply mosquito repellant during the day; maintain all gutters of roof free from stagnant rain water; ensure that uninhabited buildings/structures must be free from all kinds of waste; ensure that buildings/structures under construction or repair must not accumulate stagnant water and solid wastes; treat abandoned swimming pools, water fountains, ponds, and the like with larvicides or other means of controlling vectors as allowed by the HSO; and mix salt and water or used oil with the stagnant water particularly in areas which are difficult to clean or areas which frequently accumulate stagnant rain water.

Residents and businesses are also required to secure clearance from the HSO prior to the use of chemicals to kill mosquitoes; to only allow accredited pest control operators to render services with the jurisdiction of the city; to report to hospitals or the nearest health center if any member of a family has any of the symptoms of dengue; implement other preventive and control measures that the Department of Health or the HSO may provide and introduce in the future; and to inform water authorities of broken water pipelines.

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