Mayors in Metro Manila were urged to intensify their campaign against dengue as the number of cases continues to rise.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said local officials should conduct massive clean-up operations especially in densely populated areas to prevent a dengue epidemic.
Tolentino issued the call following the pronouncement of the Department of Health (DOH) that there has been a 16.5 percent increase in dengue cases this year.
According to the DOH, 78,808 dengue patients were listed across the country from January 1 to September 5, with 233 deaths.
Out of this figure, 8,099 were recorded in Metro Manila, while the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region posted the highest number of cases with 11,894, prompting the provincial government of Cavite to declare a state of calamity.
Tolentino said the agency is more than willing to provide help to Local Government Units.
“We can conduct misting operations using the latest chemical available, which according to experts, can kill even adult dengue-carrying mosquitoes and to eliminate possible breeding sites of mosquitoes,” he said.
The MMDA chief asked the DOH to raise the level of public awareness on dengue and help fight the disease.