Two Sibugay towns declare state of calamity due to rising dengue cases

Published July 16, 2019, 10:04 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Antonio Manaytay

IPIL, Philippines – Two municipalities of Zamboanga Sibugay had already declared a state of calamity on Monday due to the surge in dengue cases.

Placed under a state of calamity were the towns of Buug and Diplahan.

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Records from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer (OPHO) showed that Buug had recorded at least 236 dengue cases from January until June 29 this year, a 742 percent increase from 28 for the same period in 2018. Diplahan, on the other hand, had 221 dengue cases or 4,320 percent increase from five cases for the same period last year.

Ipil, the capital town of the province, had the highest number of dengue cases at 532 from January to June 29, a 3,225 percent increase from last year’s 16 cases. The town, however, is not yet placed under a state of calamity.

Overall, 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.

With two towns of the province placed under a state of calamity, it is likely that the provincial government will place the entire province under a state of calamity.

The declaration of the state of calamity is necessary for the release of funds to be used to combat the health problem.

Gov. Wilter Palma had earlier signed Executive Order No. 1011-07-12-19-009 urging all municipal mayors, barangay chairmen, school heads, and all concerned to undertake “simultaneous clean-up drive within your respective area in the entire province” on July 19.