By: Felipe V. Celino
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Dengue has killed three people in Capiz province from January to August 2018.
According to Mark Atanque, Roxas City Dengue Program coordinator, one of the victims came from Ivisan town, while two others are from Milibili and Banica villages here.
Dengue cases in the province surged by 189 percent from 160 in 2017 to 480 as of August 11, 2018.
Most of the patients are children one to ten years old.
Atanque reported increasing dengue cases in Ivisan (53), Panay (36), Mambusao (30), and Jamindan (20). Roxas City topped with 212 cases.
Cris Lamaniego, Roxas City sanitary inspector, offered five possible reasons for the dengue surge: 1) Lack of community involvement, 2) Lack of coordination with other agencies, 3). Lack of support from barangay level, 4) Lack of policies or ordinances, and 5) Lack of implementation or enforcement of existing laws and ordinances (solid waste management).
Roxas City Councilor Cesar Yap considered the points as a wake-up call. He also asked that the fourth reason be deleted as he presented his approved ordinance since December 2016.
Solid waste manager Glenn Amane stressed that despite efforts on garbage collections, people at the barangay level still are uninterested.
He said that the barangay’s support will contribute to a dengue-free community. The barangays reflect people’s attitudes on the grassroots level, he added.