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Mayor Sara deeply concerned, appalled over dengue death toll

July 28, 2016 By

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is deeply concerned and appalled at the high number of dengue fever deaths in Davao City with the City Health Office so far recording 19 mortalities from the over 4000 patients since January.

“I want to see a decrease from July to December, otherwise, there is a need to find new people for this job,” warned the mayor in a statement released Thursday.

Last year, only 8 people in Davao died because of the virus carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

“That the number of deaths could reach this high is definitely disconcerting and I am appalled because the government is supposed to be doing everything to prevent the breeding of the mosquitoes carrying the virus,” said the city mayor Thursday.

She said dengue is preventable “if only efforts to prevent the spread were done and were done efficiently.”

“I have ordered a review of how the local government is fighting dengue and other preventable diseases. The agencies involved — the City Health Office, particularly — should always be on their feet, always to err on the side of prevention and not on reaction.”

The mayor said she has ordered the CHO to closely coordinate with Barangay officials in the implementation of programs aimed at eliminating dengue.

“There is an urgent need to eliminate the mosquitoes carrying the virus and their breeding places if we want to end the spate of deaths,” the mayor said.

CHO, with a budget of P1 million for dengue program, has been regularly treating curtain and bed nets with chemicals that effectively ward off mosquitoes.

“The city provides the needed materials for the soaking of bed nets and curtains,” said Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, CHO chief.

The so-called 4 o’clock habit is also being widely encouraged.

Villafuerte on Wednesday confirmed that as of June, Davao City has 4,002 dengue cases. The CHO data also showed that of the 19 deaths, at least 11 of them were children — the oldest only aged 5.

Records show a massive increase in dengue cases across the country, with over 57 thousand cases since January.

“This only means that the entire country needs to be alert and must do our part in cleaning our environment and destroying the breeding areas of the mosquitoes,” Villafuerte said. | CIO