Dabawenyos urged to help fight dengue

ENOUGH SUPPLY. Personnel of the Philippine Red Cross-Davao City Chapter assure Dabawenyos that they have enough blood supply for local dengue patients, during an interview with reporters on Friday (July 19, 2019). Davao City’s health office has called on Dabawenyos to make it a daily habit to destroy the breeding sites of mosquitoes. (Photo by Che Palicte)

With the increasing number of dengue cases in the city, the city health office has called on Dabawenyos to make it a daily habit to destroy the breeding sites of mosquitoes.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, city health office chief, said Friday there is no room for complacency even though dengue cases remain manageable in the city.

Villafuerte said residents must make sure their surroundings are clean and do not harbor breeding grounds for the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure their homes are kept clean at all times. We are urging everyone to practice the four o’clock habit,” she said.

The four o’clock habit is an annual campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) that encourages communities to “search and destroy possible mosquito-breeding places” at 4 p.m. every day. The dengue-carrying mosquitoes are most active at dusk, just before evening.

Data from DOH show that the cases of dengue in the Davao region have reached 3,495 from January to July this year, compared to 1,970 in the same period last year.

This city has the highest dengue cases in the region with 1,630, followed by Compostela Valley province with 701 cases, Davao Oriental (562), Davao del Norte (464), Davao del Sur (114), and Davao Occidental (24).

The DOH previously reported 15 deaths due to dengue from January to July, six of which came from this city and four from the Island Garden City of Samal.

Samal declared the city under a state of calamity due to the dengue outbreak last week.

Villafuerte said Dabawenyos should be vigilant against such diseases as dengue, especially with the onset of the rainy season.

“With more rains, we can expect the breeding sites of these mosquitos to increase unless the community regularly cleans the surroundings,” she said.

Meanwhile, Rizh Abellano, blood donor recruitment officer of the Philippine Red Cross – Davao City Chapter, assured there is enough blood for dengue patients in the city.

“As of now we still have enough supply because we have donors on a daily basis,” Abellano added.

The dengue virus is transmitted by the day-biting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. (PNA)

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