Guv: PHO rec­om­mends declar­ing ‘state of calamity’ vs dengue

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NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son con­firmed yes­ter­day that he has re­ceived a rec­om­men­da­tion from the Provin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO) to de­clare a “state of calamity” over the ris­ing num­ber of dengue cases.

Lac­son said around five lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in the prov­ince have al­ready re­quested to de­clare an out­break.

The gov­er­nor, how­ever, said in gen­eral the prov­ince is still not yet on the epi­demic level, but only on the alert level.

In the mean­time, Lac­son again urged the pub­lic to con­tinue clean­ing their sur­round­ing in a

bid to con­trol the spread of dengue which is caused by mos­qui­toes.

The gov­er­nor had ear­lier is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der declar­ing a height­ened alert sta­tus.

Based on PHO data ear­lier this month, there has been a 73 per­cent in­crease in dengue cases across the prov­ince. Be­tween Jan­uary and June of this year, they recorded a to­tal of 2,800 dengue cases, up from the 1,600 recorded dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Records showed the high­est num­ber of cases were re­ported in Ka­bankalan City, San Car­los City, Bago City, Cadiz City, and Cauayan.

PHO also noted there were 10 fa­tal­i­ties this year, five of which were recorded in Cadiz City, the high­est of any lo­cal­ity in the prov­ince./tde

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