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GenSan raises alert vs. dengue

April 23, 2021 - Friday 5:04 PM by PNA

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The city government on Friday reiterated its warning to residents against rising cases of dengue fever, which has reached 503 and caused six confirmed deaths since January.

Dr. Rochelle Oco, acting head of the City Health Office, said the figures were based on the recorded cases in the city’s 26 barangays as of the second week of April.

Oco said the figures are 69 percent higher than the 298 cases and one fatality reported in the same period in 2020.

Barangay Fatima posted the most number of cases with 101, followed by Calumpang with 84 and San Isidro with 71.

"Our current cases are significantly higher than last year so while we continue to combat Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), we should be also vigilant against the spread of dengue in our communities,” she told reporters.

Oco attributed the increase in cases to the erratic weather condition that could have allowed the dengue-carrying mosquitoes to thrive.

She noted an increase in the CHO’s case detection this year due to the expanded capability in terms of disease surveillance of the city’s rural health units (RHUs).

The CHO's epidemiology and surveillance unit now captures cases monitored by the RHUs, unlike in the previous years when they only relied on reports from the hospitals, Oco said.

She said they have advised the barangays to intensify their prevention and control initiatives against dengue through the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue or Dengue Task Force.

Oco cited the observance of the 4S strategy and the “4’oclock habit” down to the household level.

Every household should regularly clean up all possible mosquito-breeding places, especially every 4 p.m. daily, inside their homes and immediate surroundings to help contain the spread of dengue, she said.

"4S" stands for search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; secure self-protection measures, such as wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; seek early consultation; and support fogging or spraying only in hotspots where an increase in cases has been registered for two consecutive weeks.  Richelyn Gubalani