In light of the Department of Health’s declaration of a national dengue epidemic, the City Health of Mati intensifies its anti-dengue campaign.

CHO Mati chief Dr. Ben Hur Catbagan said they have been doing information campaign on how to fight dengue-carrying mosquitoes thru their 4S campaign.

“We are continuing our dengue prevention and outbreak management activities specifically on weekly case and larval surveillance, vector control measures (source reduction, targeted indoor and outdoor spraying, curtain treatment) and advocacy services promoting early treatment seeking behavior,” Catbagan said.

As of third week of July, CHO Mati has already recorded 455 cases of dengue with one death.

Catbagan said that although the trend of dengue fever cases in the city is going down from a high of 123 in January 2019 to a low of 23 in June, “the City, through the City Health Office Epidemic Surveillance and Response Teams are still on weekly monitoring and response activities since outbreaks may occur anytime.”

Mati City declared a state of emergency on dengue outbreak last October 2018 due to outbreaks in 5 barangays.

Disaster funds were used in providing fuel for transport of complicated dengue patients, training of spraymen in the hotspot barangays , procurement of additional spray cans, rapid diagnostic test kits and symptomatic medicines used for dengue.

The declaration has not yet been lifted even if Region 11 has not yet breached the epidemic threshold for dengue.

Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat is meanwhile encouraging the people of the city to support the the 4 o’clock habit promoted by the Department of Health and is calling on the barangay officials to lead in the weekend clean up activities in their respective barangays.

“We are asking the people to clean up their residences to reduce mosquito larva and complement the spraying operations which can reduce the adult mosquito population,” Dr. Catbagan said.

At the national level, DOH recorded 146,062 cases of dengue from January to July 20 this year, 98% more than the same period in 2018.

Western Visayas had the highest number of cases, with 23,330 for the first 7 months of the year. This is followed by Calabarzon with 16,515; Zamboanga Peninsula with 12,317; Northern Mindanao with 11,455; and Soccsksargen with 11,083.

The dengue outbreak has already caused 622 deaths nationwide. (CIO MATI)

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