By Dave Albarado
TAGBILARAN CITY – Two towns in Bohol are intensifying efforts to stop the spread of dengue after cases of the mosquito-borne disease surged there in recent weeks.
The towns of Dauis and Cortes have the highest number of dengue cases, based on data from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas.
Dauis has 189 cases, and Cortes 90, RESU reported.
Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo said a “one-time, big-time” campaign to find and destroy mosquito breeding places will be conducted on Saturday in all of the town’s 12 barangays.
Sumaylo released a memorandum to non-government organizations, government offices, the Sangguniang Bayan, and barangay officials informing them the event will happen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The town government is borrowing the 10 misting equipment from DOH.
Hand in hand with the operation, town government officials will conduct an information and educational drive on the town’s anti-dengue ordinance.
The ordinance, passed in 2017, requires households to destroy the potential breeding places of mosquitoes and to intensify the campaign against dengue infection.
In Cortes town, Mayor Lynn Iven Lim hopes the dengue cases will decrease, as assistance from the provincial government and DOH arrives.
Lim said the local government is doing its best to contain the dengue problem. He urged the residents to observe the 4S recommendation of the DOH to prevent the further spread of the dengue disease.
Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto issued a directive asking the heads of the provinces 1,109 barangays to hold a simultaneous assembly on Saturday to discuss the dengue problem.