KIDAPAWAN City on Wednesday was placed under state of calamity due to the increasing number of dengue cases that have already claimed eight lives since January.
This move was in response to the request of Mayor Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City to the city’s Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP).
Vice Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco, SP presiding officer, said the city lawmaking body, in a resolution, placed the city under state of calamity “because this means saving lives.”
From January to July 15, the Kidapawan City health office has recorded more than 1,500 dengue cases.
Evangelista earlier rallied the people of Kidapawan, especially the village officials in 40 barangays to “act now” and destroy the breeding sites of dengue carrying mosquitoes.
Aside from dengue cases, city health officials also monitored cases of Chikungunya.
Like dengue, the viral Chikungunya infection is also caused by mosquito bites with the same symptoms with dengue like severe joint pains, fever and weakness.
The number of patients who succumbed to dengue in Kidapawan rose to eight from January, with the death of a seven-year-old child from Barangay Sudapen on June 7, according to Dr. Duvia Tabugo, chief of the North Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office.
Kidapawan City topped the list of areas in Central Mindanao region with the highest number of dengue cases.
She said about 50 percent of the dengue cases in Kidapawan were considered the common type but as deadly as the other types. Most of the victims were children aged 10 years and below.
Tabugo reiterated her appeal to the village officials and the city health office to intensify the campaign to clean up the usual breeding grounds of dengue-causing mosquitoes like stagnant water on canals, flower pots, bottles, used tires, among others.
Tabugo also said the Department of Health (DOH) had strengthened its teamwork with village officials for the strict implementation of the 4 o’clock habit.
In the region, the DOH-Center for Health and Development had reported 3,518 dengue cases monitored since from January.
This is almost two times higher than what was recorded for the same period in 2012.
Per CHD-12 monitoring, 23 persons have already died of dengue in the region which is composed of North and South Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat and in the cities of General Santos, Tacurong, Koronadal and Kidapawan. PNA