Issue of September 1, 2019
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Mountain Province under state of calamity for dengue
by Novy R. Afidchao

BONTOC, Mountain Province – This province was dec-lared under a state of calamity due to the increasing number of dengue cases.

The provincial board passed an ordinance declaring the province under a state of calamity following the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, so that the provincial government could access the Quick Response Fund (QRF) to be used to address the health emergency. The QRF is a component of the DRRM fund of local government units.

“Considering the more than 330 percent increase of dengue fever cases from last year’s data, there is a need to address the rising cases of dengue fever. While we have district hospitals and rural health units, we do not have enough resources to address all needs should our cases continue to escalate. We have to nip the problem at this point while it is still manageable,” said PDRRM Officer Edward F. Chumawar, Jr.

Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr., chair of the PDRRMC, said that the alarming increase in dengue cases is urgent as lives are at stake.

“We cannot afford to lose more lives due to dengue fever,” Lacwasan said.

The Provincial Health Office said 550 cases of dengue fever were recorded from January to August. Of the cases, 503 (91 percent) are from Mountain Province while 47 (nine percent) cases are from the provinces of Aurora, Benguet, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Kalinga.

Majority of those affected are males. The age bracket of those affected is from three months to 86 years old. In 2018, there were 117 cases recorded in the province. No death was reported.

“All municipalities in the province except Barlig had an increase in the number of dengue cases as compared to last year’s data covering the same period. Sadanga reported the highest percentage (from three to 59 cases or 1,866 percent) of increase in the number of dengue cases,” said Health Education and Promotion Officer III Lily Anne N. Safilo.

Based on the PHO report,  Sabangan recorded an increase from two to 15 cases or 650 percent increase; Sagada, from eight to 54 or 575  percent increase; Besao, from two to 13 cases or 550 percent increase; Tadian, from two to 15 cases or 400 percent increase; Paracelis, from 43 to 185 cases or 330 percent increase; Natonin, from eight to 34 cases or 325 percent; Bauko, from eight to 32 cases or 300 percent; and  Bontoc, from 36 to 92 cases or 156 percent increase.

There were two deaths reported – one each from Paracelis and Sabangan.

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