Leyte town declares state of health emergency due to dengue

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LEYTE Province, Philippines – A total of 40 in 92 barangays in Baybay City in Leyte are now affected with dengue infection.

The city has currently recorded three deaths and over 200 dengue infections which prompted Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari to declare a state of health emergency

“Ang state of emergency at least we can utilize our funds for this and nag-acquire ako ng more fogging machine,” said Mayor Cari.

The LGU also sought the services of additional doctors and specialists from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 office so that patients needing medical consultations would not need to travel to Tacloban and Ormoc.

The Mayor encourages barangay officials to cooperate with the city health office in conducting a house-to-house awareness campaign to prevent the spread of dengue infection and educate every household with proper sanitation measures and how to maintain cleanliness in every barangay.

According to the data of Baybay City health officials, the increase in dengue infection began in the months of  April and May.

“Nagsasagawa po kami ng comparative study way back 2016. Half year lang 58 cases lang po and then we compare sa 2018, half year pa lamang is mga almost 117 na. So parang abnormal na talaga ang trending ng aming mga cases po,” said Wayne Gunhuran of the city health office.

Health authorities advised residents to immediately consult once symptoms of dengue are being experienced particularly an on-and-off fever of up to three days. They added that dengue is serious and can be fatal especially to children if not immediately addressed. – Archyl Egano / Marje Pelayo

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