Mandaue seeks return of dengue brigade in barangays

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THE Mandaue City Health Office is requiring barangays to bring back the "dengue brigade" amid the rise of dengue cases in the city.

Dr. Debra Maria Catulong, Mandaue City Health Office (MCHO) medical officer, said on Thursday, June 2, 2022, that recreating a dengue brigade for each barangay will help stabilize the dengue cases in the city.

Data from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit in Central Visayas showed that Mandaue City ranked third among the cities in Central Visayas with the highest number of dengue cases.

First on the list was Cebu City with 708 cases and 11 deaths, followed by Lapu-Lapu City with 444 cases and six deaths.

Mandaue had 214 dengue cases with two deaths from January 1 to May 7, 2022, compared to the 31 cases with zero deaths recorded in the same period in 2021.

Catulong said the plan to bring back the dengue brigade was brought up during the MCHO's meeting with the village chiefs of the 27 barangays in the city on Tuesday, May 31.

A barangay brigade will comprise the barangay captain, health center staff, a representative of the barangay health workers, the committee on health, and purok leaders.

It will implement the plans on how to solve the dengue cases within a specific community.

Catulong said that solving the dengue cases at the barangay level is necessary to prevent the dengue-carrier mosquitoes from spreading.

Among the topics discussed during the meeting was to strictly implement the 4s strategy (Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites, Self-protection measures, Say no to indiscriminate fogging, and Seek early consultation).

Those experiencing fever for at least two days must have themselves checked by a doctor. The City Health provides free medical services and laboratories, Catulong said.

Mild dengue symptoms include muscle and joint pains, body rash that may disappear and then reappear, high fever, intense headache, pain behind the eyes vomiting and feeling nauseous.

Those with dengue hemorrhagic fever may experience bleeding from the mouth, gums, or nose; clammy skin; damage to lymph and blood vessels, internal bleeding that can lead to black vomit and feces, or stools; lower number of platelets in the blood; sensitive stomach and small blood spots under the skin.

Catulong also reminded the people to clean their environment, especially those areas with stagnant waters.

"Plantitos and plantitas (plant enthusiasts) and all people should make sure to clean their houses constantly. Moist in plants and the areas where the plants stood are the most common breeding grounds for the dengue-carrying mosquitoes," Catulong added.

"It is also not enough to empty those containers with stagnant water. We need to brush them to make sure that the mosquito larvae staying there will be killed," she added.

During the meeting, the MCHO also reminded the barangays to strengthen their blood donation campaign that was launched in April in partnership with the Department of Health.

Catulong encouraged the people to donate blood as this would help a lot of patients, specifically now that dengue is rampant.

"From April to May, only a few people have donated blood. It would be better if we could stock blood as much as possible. We might need it handy, especially for dengue patients who might need a blood transfusion," she said. (TPT)

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