By: Frances Kristine Alvero
GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The local government has raised concerns over the increasing number of cases of the deadly dengue fever in recent months in several communities here.
Dr. Mely Lastimoso, epidemiology and surveillance unit head of the City Health Office (CHO), said Monday they already recorded at least 466 dengue cases in the area as of the first week of June, with one reported fatality.
Lastimoso said such figure was higher by 154 cases or about 67 percent when compared to the 312 recorded in the same period last year.
“It’s an outbreak year for dengue that’s why we have heightened our efforts to again raise public awareness about the disease,” she told reporters.
A report from the CHO showed that Barangay Calumpang reported the most number of dengue cases with 83 and with one fatality, an 18-year-old male.
Barangay Labangal recorded 63 cases, followed by Fatima with 49, San Isidro with 42 and Apopong with 39.
Lastimoso said they have already coordinated with the barangay councils to further strengthen campaigns against dengue in local communities, through the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue program.
She said the campaign focuses on the regular cleanup of possible breeding areas of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in the households and neighborhoods.
The official noted that cleanliness of the surroundings is still one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of dengue.
She added that they continue to advocate the observance of the Department of Health’s 4-S strategy against dengue.
4-S stands for “search and destroy mosquito breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation and support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an outbreak.” (PNA)