PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte -- In the midst of increasing number of dengue cases in the country, the City Health Office(CHO) is urging the public to maintain cleanliness around their areas to prevent further incidence of dengue.
In Panabo City alone, the CHO has recorded 1,023 positive cases from January until the second week of August this year, while four (4) individuals have been reportedly dead due to the virus. The current figure shows a dramatic increase of 458 cases compared to its previous update of 565 cases from January to June this year.
Based on the official records obtained from the 7th City Council, reports from Provincial Health authorities state that dengue cases have increased more than double compared to last year, putting Panabo City on the top list with the highest number of cases in Davao del Norte.
The City Council headed by Vice Mayor Janrey Gavina has already passed a resolution recommending the CHO to establish a Contingency Plan for Dengue Outbreak, Prediction, and Detection, as well as a declaration of a State of Emergency to be issued by Mayor James G. Gamao.
Mayor Gamao has yet to declare a State of Emergency based on the reports and recommendations to be submitted by the health office. Meanwhile, a Dengue Awareness Plan has already been endorsed by the CHO subject for approval.
While the city government is working on measures that will further intensify its existing Dengue Prevention programs, the public is highly encouraged to cooperate with Barangay Sanitary Inspectors(BSI) in maintaining cleanliness around their areas.
As repeatedly advised each year, the public is reminded to follow the 4s in prevention and control of dengue: 1.) Search and Destroy potential breeding sites of mosquitoes 2.) Self-Protection Measures through wearing clothes that will cover the skin and applying mosquito repellant, 3.) Seek Early Consultation if fever is more than two (2) days, and 3.) Say No To Indiscriminate Fogging.
The CHO reiterates that the best way to prevent dengue is through sustained cleanliness and sanitation which the general public should be mindful about.
By Vikki J. Amorio -- CIO Panabo