AS PAG-ASA announced the start of the rainy season, the Cebu City Government has urged the Cebu City Health Office (CHO), Barangay Health Workers and Cebu City Medical Center to intensify their preparation and information drive about dengue and other waterborne diseases.
Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, committee on disaster risk reduction and management chairman, said the health workers should intensify the education campaigns for the public to be informed of the various waterborne diseases, especially dengue.
He also asked the City health and CCMC to prepare and ready the medicines in case there will be dengue patients.
“The (health) workers should prepare all that’s needed, the visit, the medicines, so in case there will be dengue cases, we won’t have a problem anymore,” said Tumulak.
Tumulak also urged the schools to clean and inspect regularly the possible breeding sites of mosquitoes.
He hoped the parents will also help in cleaning the schools knowing it is their children who are in the facility.
From January to July 2019, there were already 1,075 dengue cases in the City, according to CHO records.
CHO head Daisy Villa said that out of the 1,075 dengue cases, there were eight reported deaths in the city.
Guadalupe has the highest number with 97 dengue cases and two deaths, said Villa.
Other barangays which also have a high number of dengue cases are: Lahug (62 cases), Tisa (45), Labangon (38), Talamban and Basak San Nicolas (35), Kalunasan (34), Mambaling (32), Apas (31), Pardo (30), Mabolo and Kamputhaw (29).
Villa encouraged the public to keep their surroundings clean, adding that mosquitoes can have breeding sites anywhere, including inside flower vases, air conditioning units and plastics.
“We have to include the community, we should keep our surroundings clean. Let’s not wait until we will be the one to get sick,” Villa said.
She said it is also not right to immediately resort to fogging.
She said fogging should be resorted to only if there is an outbreak, when cleaning is not enough.
Compared to the same period last 2018, Villa said this year is higher with 916 dengue cases. (JJL)