Monday Sep, 23 2019 09:53:32 PM

2 deaths, rising dengue cases push Kidapawan to declare calamity

HEALTH • 13:00 PM Sat Aug 31, 2019
Edwin O. Fernandez and Williamor Magbanua

KIDAPAWAN CITY   –– The death of two patients and the rapid increase of dengue cases in this city’s 40 villages have forced the City Council to put the entire city under state of calamity.

This made Kidapawan City the fifth local government in Mindanao to declare state of calamity due to dengue, a preventable disease.

Mayor Joseph Evangelista said the Sangguniang Panglungsod, upon the recommendation of the city disaster unit, has approved a resolution putting the city under state of calamity during its session Thursday.

“Let us all work together so the number of fatalities will stay at two and that no more dengue cases in the city,” Evangelista said in the vernacular in a speech with city disaster front liners.

From January 1 to date, 687 patients have contacted the dengue virus, a 237percent higher as compared to the same period in 2018, according to Jasna Sucol, city anti-dengue campaign coordinator.

Two dengue patients have died, the mayor said.

Sucol said the current state of dengue in the city’s 40 villages have hit the epidemic threshold.

Ten of 40 villages were listed to have high dengue cases, according to CDRRMC. These are the villages of Lanao, Birada, Poblacion, Amas, Paco, Balindog, Sudapin, Manongol, Magsaysay and Singao.

Psalmer Bernalte, CDRRMO chief and public safety officer, said the city government will now procure additional fogging machines, mosquito repellants and conduct massive information drive to intensify the practice of 4 o’clock habit and other activities that will help destroy mosquito breeding sites.

The information drive is focused on three things: asking the active participation of parents as decision makers at home and education officials for they manage the place where children converge every weekday and the implementation of ABKD which means Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue, a “bayanihan” type of campaign.

The Kidapawan City schools division had started the clean-up drive inside and outside the school campuses. Teachers, pupils and even parents clean the school premises.

Evangelista directed village chairs to take one step ahead in the battle against dengue, warning them of possible administrative charges for negligence.

Aside from Kidapawan, the other LGUs in Mindanao that declared calamity were Zamboanga Sibugay, South Cotabato, 10 villages of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. (Edwin O. Fernandez)

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