DAGUPAN CITY – To abate the rising incidence of dengue-related cases in Dagupan, the City Health Office (CHO) on order of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez launched an intensified campaign against dengue dubbed as “Tanggal Gulong sa Silong at Bubong”.
Three local government offices, namely the City Engineering Office (CEO), the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) have been tapped to work with the CHO to provide logistical support and other necessary government aid, consistent with different programs of the city government like the “Maayos na Bahay, Maayos na Buhay”, “food for work”, “Operation Sitio Backfill”, and “Libreng Bigas”.
Under this program, each household with used vehicle tires on top of their roofs are provided with “Libreng Bigas” and nails under the “Maayos na Bahay, Maayos na Buhay” if they remove and discard these tires, while at the same time, the communities are encouraged to do a cleanup drive under the “food for work” program.
Consequently, places with stagnant waters are provided by the city government with sand under the city’s “Operation Sitio Backfill”.
“This is actually a five-in-one operation all aimed at preventing the spread of dengue and other mosquito-related diseases,” said Fernandez.
Dr. Lydwina Balingit-Bernardo, the city’s focal person on “Tanggal Gulong sa Silong at Bubong” admitted that from January to September this year, the CHO has recorded eight deaths due to dengue and a high incidence of dengue cases despite the city’s Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) campaign since March this year.
The CHO found out that there are breeding places of mosquitoes like the tires on the rooftop and there are also esteros whose water has no way out.
Fernandez held a dialogue with the residents of affected barangays especially Bonuan Gueset which recorded a high incidence of dengue case so far.
Fogging operations and massive cleanup drive are now on-going in the barangays, tires are now being removed, canals and esteros that are under water are now being filled with sand.
On the other hand, on-site inspection of potential breeding sites of mosquito larvae and application of larvicides are being carried out by the Sanitation Division of the CHO.
Based on the records of the CHO, 10 barangays have been recorded with the most number of dengue cases such as Bonuan Gueset, Bonuan Binloc, Bonuan Boquig, Salapingao, Calmay, Carael, Pugaro, Pantal, Mangin, and Caranglaan.
From January to September the number of reported dengue cases is 636.
“We are thankful to the Department of Health because they have given us insecticides and larvicides. We are similarly thankful to Punong Barangay Rico Mejia, Kagawad Suzzete Pal, Kagawad Sonny “Banjo” Manuel and Michael Vidal for their cooperation and support,” said Fernandez as she encouraged other barangay officials to coordinate with the CHO by dialing the city’s anti-dengue hotline 09288475992. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 3, 2016)