By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio
BAYBAY CITY – The city has declared a state of health emergency on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, due to the increasing number of dengue cases and deaths here recently.
The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 8 latest record showed a total of 170 cases and three deaths in Baybay.
A six-year-old child died in April and two children, both ages four years old, also died this month.
According to John Paul Roca, DOH 8 Information Officer, there were reported clustering in four barangays namely: Poblacion Zone 5, Pomponan, Hipusngo and San Isidro.
City Health Officer Norberto Oja shared that the declaration would help them to control the rising number of dengue cases in the city.
It can be recalled that dengue cases here also spiked about the same period in 2016 with sixty-nine reported cases adding to a total of 2,587 cases with thirteen deaths in Region 8.
Just last month, Salcedo town in Eastern Samar also declared a state of calamity due to the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease with forty-eight cases and two deaths.
According to Roca, the whole Eastern Visayas has reported a total of 1,947 cases with sixteen deaths, which is 21% lower compared last year.
The DOH continues to appeal for the public to remain vigilant and follow their 4s Advocacy in order to prevent dengue: search and destroy the areas where the mosquitoes breed; secure self-protection by wearing long-sleeved clothes and use anti-mosquito products; seek early consultation especially if fever does not stop within two days; and support fogging and spraying but only in identified hotspots.