Capiz, Guimaras de­clare dengue out­break: re­port

Mindanao Times - - NATIONAL -

ILOILO CITY -- The prov­inces of Capiz and Guimaras on Fri­day both de­clared a dengue out­break.

Capiz Gov­er­nor Este­ban Evan Con­tr­eras has signed Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der (EO) 001, putting the en­tire prov­ince un­der dengue out­break.

From Jan­uary 1 to June 29, the Capiz Epi­demi­o­log­i­cal Sur­veil­lance and Re­sponse Unit (CESRU) of the Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice recorded a to­tal of 2,177 dengue cases with 14 deaths, the EO noted.

The re­cent fig­ure is 771 per­cent higher com­pared to the Jan­uary 1 to June 29 data recorded in 2018, with only 250 cases, it added.

Con­tr­eras di­rected the “ex­ten­sion of free med­i­cal ser­vices and other es­sen­tial as­sis­tance to dengue cases in all Capiz pro­vin­cial and district hos­pi­tals.”

All lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in Capiz are also en­joined to par­tic­i­pate in si­mul­ta­ne­ous “Kon­tra Dengue Day” in all vil­lages start­ing July 13 and the fol­low­ing Satur­days for eight weeks.

Mean­while, in Guimaras, Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Gu­marin has signed EO 36 on Fri­day, which placed the prov­ince un­der a dengue out­break.

The Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice of Guimaras recorded 493 cases of dengue from Jan­uary 1 to July 6, 2019, the EO said. This is 1,046.5 per­cent higher than the 43 cases recorded in the same pe­riod last year. Sal­va­cion vil­lage in Nueva Va­len­cia town and San Miguel vil­lage in Jor­dan town have recorded one dengue death each. Gu­marin, through the EO, di­rected the cre­ation of the Dengue Cri­sis Man­age­ment Task Force which will “plan and re­spond to emer­gen­cies in re­la­tion to the in­crease of dengue cases” and to re­port reg­u­lar up­dates. Mean­while, Maasin in Iloilo prov­ince was placed un­der a state of calamity also on Fri­day due to the surge of dengue cases. Fran­cis Am­boy, mu­nic­i­pal mayor of Maasin, said 119 lo­cals in Maasin have con­tracted the mos­quito-borne dis­ease from Jan­uary 1 to July 6 this year. This is 1, 600 per­cent in­crease com­pared to the seven dengue cases recorded in Maasin last year. “Two deaths were also recorded in our town this year. We lost a 10-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, both pupils of Maasin Cen­tral El­e­men­tary School,” Am­boy said in an in­ter­view. Sus­pected dengue pa­tients are queu­ing up at Maasin Ru­ral Health Unit. Am­boy as­sured that all the pa­tients are well-ac­com­mo­dated. The town has also re-launched its clean-up drive to get rid of the breed­ing places of mos­qui­toes. Am­boy said the 1.7 mil­lion calamity fund will be used to ad­dress the needs at the RHU like medicines and fold­ing beds. A PHP2,000 worth of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance will also be dis­trib­uted to Maasin res­i­dents con­fined in district hos­pi­tals.

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