Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma has ordered a simultaneous clean-up throughout the province after the spike of dengue cases has “reached the alarming level.”
The governor signed Executive Order No. 1011-07-12-19-009 on July 12 which ordered all municipal mayors, barangay chairmen, school heads, and all concerns to undertake “simultaneous clean-up drive within your respective area in the entire province” on July 19.
Records from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer showed the province had registered 2,588 cases of dengue with 10 deaths from January until June 29 this year. This represents a 1,625 percent increase from last year’s 150 cases.
Of the 16 municipalities in the province, Ipil had the highest number of dengue cases with 532 dengue patients from January to June 29 when compared to 16 for the same period last year.
Dr. Ulysses Silorio, head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, during the Provincial Integrated Dengue Preparedness and Response Intersectoral Forum held Friday, July 5 said one of the contributory factors to the high cases of dengue is the El Niño weather phenomenon.
Dengue fever, a viral disease, usually affects infant and young children. The carrier mosquito, Aedes aegypti, lays eggs on clear and stagnant water.
The signs and symptoms of dengue fever include the following: sudden high fever, joints, and muscle pains, skin rashes, nose bleeding, vomiting of coffee colored mattered, and dark colored stool.
The public is urged to practice the “4S” strategy to combat dengue: search and destroy; self-protection measures; seek early consultation, and support fogging in times of increasing cases of dengue. (Antonio Manaytay)