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Info drive vs dengue up in Davao del Sur

by Carina L. Cayon

Davao City (13 July) -- The Provincial Health Office in Davao del Sur has intensified its information/dissemination drive and surveillance activity on dengue viruses following an outbreak which caused the provincial government to declare a province-wide state of calamity last week.

Riza Dacalos, provincial health program coordinator for malaria and dengue cases, said that information/dissemination activities have been launched to provide public awareness about the high incidence of dengue cases and how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Dacalos told PIA over a telephone interview, that information about dengue could also be heard through its local radio station Charm Radio.

She said that officers and members of the provincial health board gathered yesterday in a forum to discuss about the dengue outbreak and matters pertaining to the declaration of state of calamity in the province.

According to Dacalos, Digos City which has 352 dengue cases, the highest in the province, has also been conducting information/dissemination drive in barangays aside from fogging activities.

Dacalos bared that PHO's technical division has completed last week its data collection of dengue cases from hospitals expect in one hospital in Digos City, and is currently finalizing reconciliation of data gathered.

This week, she said, dengue larva surveillance activities would be conducted in 100 households in Digos City to undergo inspection and identification of dengue-sensitive areas. She added that the surveillance would also determine areas with mortality cases.

Davao del Sur was the first province to declare the whole province under the state of calamity to crack down the outbreak which already downed about 600 persons and claimed the lives of 12 others for the period January to June this year. Two other patients died in July, Dacalos said.

Nilda Aniņon, provincial public relation officer, revealed that from the 600 cases, 352 came from Digos City and the others were from the following municipalities: Bansalan (95); Malalag (59); Sta. Cruz (26); Magsaysay (21); Sta. Maria (14); Hagonoy (13); Sarangani (7); Malita (7); Matanao (4) and Kiblawan (2).

Meanwhile, Gov. Douglas Ra. Cagas has told a television network here last week in a phone patch interview that he was appealing to his constituents to continuously clean up every nook of the province including residences, schools, public markets and offices. (PIA-XI) [top]

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