Cebu City ramps up anti-dengue measures as full implementation of F2F classes is set

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THE Cebu City Government has ramped up its anti-dengue campaign now that local education officials are set for the full implementation of face-to-face classes in the city’s public and private schools by August this year.

Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, who also serves as deputy chief implementer of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said Wednesday, June 1, 2022, that the City has trained around 200 responders to conduct information drive and search and destroy operations against possible mosquito breeding sites across the city.

Young casualties

Garganera said that out of the 16 individuals who succumbed to dengue, 13 were children below 10 years old.

The personnel will be deployed to different schools in the city to check their infrastructure and eliminate areas where dengue-carrying mosquitoes can live and breed.

Possible breeding grounds of these mosquitoes include stagnant waters in containers and also in plants, Garganera added.

Contact tracers

Councilor Garganera said Covid-19 contact tracers and city health workers were also taught about dengue so that they can be deployed to different barangays to conduct information drives.

He noted that most of the casualties of the dengue virus died because of delayed intervention coming from medical personnel.

Symptoms

According to Cebu City Health Department officials, possible symptoms of dengue are fever, body malaise, abdominal pain, vomiting, and in severe cases, bleeding.

Garganera urged the public to immediately see a doctor in the event that they feel these symptoms.

Dengue cases in the city from January to May 2022 are now at 422, compared to only 36 cases in the same period in the previous year.

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