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Naga City continues efforts to mitigate dengue cases; urges cooperation from constituents

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

FOGGING OPERATION. Photo By: Roberto O. Naval, CHO Fogging Team

The City Government of Naga urges cooperation from the city dwellers to help in the measures being undertaken by the city government to mitigate the rising incident of dengue cases in the city this year.

The City Health Office (CHO) reported 399 dengue cases as of the month of September this year— an increase of 147.82% compared to the 207 dengue cases reported in the same period last year.

Topping the list among the 27 barangays of Naga, which all turned out to be affected with the epidemic, is Barangay Cararayan, with 55 reported dengue cases, followed by Concepcion Pequeña with 50 cases; San Felipe with 36; Balatas , Concepcion Grande and Pacol with 25; and Triangulo with 21 dengue cases.

City Councilor Dr. Jose “Sonny” Rañola, the Vice Chairman of the Naga City Health Board, said they are now focusing in the Search and Destroy operation which includes the Barangay Health Workers (BHW).

Despite the “alarming” state of the dengue case in the city, as being widely labeled, Dr. Vito “Butch” Borja, the City Health Officer, stated that there is no need to declare the city under the state of calamity, given the less number of reported cases, compared to the 1, 200 reported dengue cases in 2012 when the city was last declared to be under the state of calamity.

Dr. Borja also encourages the participation of every household in eradicating the breeding area of the Aedes Egypti mosquito which is believed to be the carrier of the dengue virus, among which are used tires filled with stagnant water— a breeding ground of the mosquitos which are commonly observed in the top five inflicted barangays and are noted to be one of the main reasons of the increase in the dengue case.

Although the Department of Health (DOH) has already introduced the dengue vaccine in some of the municipalities and cities in the Philippines, it is yet to come in the Bicol region. Dr. Borja said they in CHO are anticipating the same from the DOH as it would largely benefit those children and families at risk.

Meanwhile, their fogging and misting operation every Saturdays and Sundays continue in the barangays in the city.

Along with this, their plea to every families to be cautious of this dengue virus continues— its symptoms, prevention and cure— to be taken care of, as one of the common problems noted by the CHO is the delayed admission of dengue patients to hospitals, wherein the city recorded 3 deaths related to dengue for this year.

Proper information and education with regards to the dengue virus and fever would greatly help the constituents and the city prevent such mortalities, to which the city government would intensify its efforts on.

In line with this, Dr. Borja continues to remind the public to use mosquito nets at home, put window screens and be aware of the mosquito bites in the critical hours of the morning— from 6am up to 8am.

They are also encouraging the barangays, especially this rainy season, to continue the 4 o’clock clean- up habit, as was noted to be the practice of the barangays with zero (0) dengue case reported last year.

The city already recorded about P800, 000 cost in the fogging and misting operation supply and machineries, along with other measures to stop the rising epidemic.

The city government believes that this fight could be won together with the cooperation of every household in the city.