Cebu City Health calls for help as dengue cases approach 1,000

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THE Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) has appealed to residents to help and join barangay officials in conducting clean-up drives, as dengue cases continue to rise.

CCHD head Dr. Jeffrey Ibones said Monday, June 6, 2022, that after harmonizing their data with the Department of Health, they found that the number of dengue cases recorded from January to June 3, 2022, was now at 946.

The number of cases is already 369.53 percent higher than the 256 cases recorded during the whole of 2021, he added.

Ibones said 17 individuals have already succumbed to the disease from January until June 3.

Ibones urged residents not to wait for the barangays in cleaning their surroundings, stressing it is now necessary for the community to work together to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Dili na lang ta mohuwat, kay ang barangay daghan sad og problema, dili lang kita. Naa man na tungod sa atoa. Naa sa atong palibot. Magtinabangay ta,” said Ibones. (Let’s not wait since the barangay has many other problems. That is also right in front of us, in our surroundings. Let’s help one another.)

The health official urged residents to search and destroy possible breeding grounds of the dengue-carrying mosquitos that commonly lay their eggs in containers that hold stagnant water.

He added that residents should not rely on the misting method since cleaning is more effective to drive away the mosquitoes.

The rise of dengue cases in the city can be attributed to the persistent rains brought by different weather phenomena like Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021 and Tropical Depression Agaton (Megi) in April 2022, said Ibones.

Ibones added that most of the barangays with high cases are densely populated, so the help of its residents is vital.

The CCHD has identified the 10 barangays with the most number of cases. These are Barangays Guadalupe, Lahug, Pardo, Inayawan, Labangon, Tisa, Mambaling, Kamputhaw, Talamban and Quiot.

According to Ibones, they have already coordinated with the Liga ng Mga Barangay and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to urge the barangays to activate their anti-dengue task forces.

Cebu City has 80 barangays.

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