By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
THE Iloilo City Health Office (CHO) remains calm and composed amid the increasing dengue cases in the city.
“Biskan taas ang aton cases subong compared last year, we are not alarmed because there are no clustering of cases unlike in the past years,” said Dr. Bernard Caspe, CHO chief.
The spike in dengue cases is not only observed in Iloilo City but also nationwide because of the continuous rains brought by “habagat” or southwest monsoon, Caspe added.
Based on the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU) Report as of July 2018, the city recorded 160 dengue cases with one death. The figure is 22 percent higher than last year’s 124 cases with three deaths.
According to Caspe, the CHO are misting different barangays and schools around the city to eliminate dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Misting kills adult dengue-carrying mosquitoes, its effect can last from two weeks to one month. It is much safer than the foul odor produced by fogging that triggers asthma attacks, Caspe added.
“Before nag-open ang schools, nag-misting kami sa all public schools and ongoing subong and by September gina-target namon matapos” he noted.
Aside from misting, Caspe said larvicides, which kill the larvae of mosquitoes, are available in all district health units and can be acquired by barangay officials free of charge.
Dengue health advisories were relayed to the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) to advocate for the city’s “four o’clock habit” ordinance and the cleanup drive every Saturday.
“Dengue is in any month. Even in summer months there can be dengue. Ang mga residents dapat na maninlo gid sa palibot kay ang gatabo kung magspray na gakampante ang mga tawo hindi na sila maninlo sa ila palibot,” he said.