Year-round campaign against dengue sought

By: Gail T. Momblan

THE Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO) is pushing for a year-round campaign for dengue prevention and control this 2019.

Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO chief, said “no municipality in the province” was spared from dengue cases last year.

“Wala sing nagahambal kon ano nga tuig ukon ano nga bulan kundi year-round gid ang aton campaign on the prevention and control of dengue sa bilog nga probinsya sang Iloilo bangod nga wala sang may na-spare nga banwa nga wala snag kaso sang dengue,” she said.

Trabado said that some adolescents and young adults who study or work in the city and other provinces usually seek dengue treatment in their hometowns.

“Kon magmasakit sila, ginadala sila sa residence that’s why sa record naton, bilog guid nga banwa sa probinsya sang Iloilo, may kaso,including Passi City,” she said.

Dengue cases in Iloilo province occur in a three-year cycle, meaning that the incidence of cases peaks according to this interval.

PHO recorded 2,193 dengue cases with six deaths from Jan 1 to Dec 22, 2018. The number is higher compared to 1,334 cases recorded in 2017.

“Now ang 2019, ika-third year, usually sa ika-third year damo ang cases,” Trabado said.

The municipality of Dumangas had the most number of cases with 232.

Janiuay town follows with 169 and Ajuy has 142 with two deaths each, Trabado said.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Tubungan recorded only one dengue case in 2018, down from ten in 2017.

The towns of Igbaras with four, Banate with ten, and Guimbal with 13 has the least number of cases recorded in 2018.

Trabado said they already identified areas where clustering of cases occur, which means that three or more cases were detected in four consecutive weeks.

“Amo na ang hotspots nga gina-follow up ta guid,” she said.

The PHO encouraged village officials and residents to participate in the “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue” (or ABaKaDa) which calls for weekly clean-up drive.

“Kinhanglan nga sa barangay level indi man paglimtan sang barangay officials kag mismo sang mga tawo nga magparticipate sa pagcontrol kag prevent sang dengue,” Trabado said.