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PDRRMC eyes calamity in NoCot due to dengue

HEALTH • 11:15 AM Wed Aug 14, 2019
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Edwin O. Fernandez
North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco (with mic) presides over the PDRRMC meeting that urged the provincial board to place entire province under state of calamity due to dengue. (Prov’l gov’t photo)

KIDAPAWAN CITY  – The North Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), chaired by Provincial Gov. Nancy A. Catamco on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the provincial board to declare state of calamity in the province due to dengue.

Gov. Catamco said dengue cases in North Cotabato has already reached “epidemic threshold” with 16 fatalities due to dengue from January to August 12 this year, a 221 percent higher as compared to the same period last year.

Despite massive government drive against dengue carrying mosquitoes, many communities in the province of North Cotabato are still plagued by dengue, she added.

“This is a matter of life and death, from now on no Cotabatenio should die of dengue, we are acting quickly,” Catamco assured her provincemates in a statement issued after the PDRRMC meeting at the provincial capital.

The resolution was unanimously approved in yesterday’s meeting and was forwarded to the Sangguniang Panglungsod, chaired by Vice Gov. Emmylou Mendoza.

Once the province is placed under state of calamity, the provincial government may utilize five percent of its annual budget to fund activities related to fight against dengue.

The town of Banisilan and Alamada have separately declared state of calamity in their localities with cases reaching 159 and 342, respectively.

Three of the total 16 dengue deaths in the province were from the municipality of Alamada.

The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO-North Ctoabato), led by Acting Health Officer Joel Nelton Sungcad, has been in the forefront in the on-going anti-dengue campaign and the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABaKaDa) program of the provincial government of North Cotabato.

From January to August 13, the total number of dengue reported from various hospitals in Region 12 rose to 30,440.

“This is already above epidemic level,” said Jenny Panizales, DOH-12 violence and prevention officer and spokesperson on dengue.

South Cotabato has the highest number of deaths at 24 as of Aug. 11. 

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