Authorities warn of dengue outbreak in Surigao City

Surigao City (November 7) -- The City Health Office here warned the public of a possible dengue epidemic in the coming weeks after a number of infections in the city continue to rise. Recently, the dreaded dengue disease claimed a three-year old child.

City Health Officer Dr. Aldine Morales said, his office had detected a sudden increase from January to September with the average number of dengue cases in the city jumping to about 90 cases this year from 76 of the same period last year.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Alfonso Casurra convened the Local Health Board recently and assured the public that the local government is currently doing its best to at least lessen the problem. He also divulged that the city government is currently dispensing enough funds to combat the growing menace.

Dengue has now become a major health issue in the city and the local government has stepped up its public awareness campaign and efforts to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds.

Casurra highlighted the importance of families regularly eliminating possible mosquito breeding sites in their households, such as disposing unused objects and containers that can collect water; emptying of bottles, tires, and tin cans; and constantly replacing the water in flower vases.

Dr. Morales on his part, is advising people to practice the 4S in defeating dengue – Search and Destroy, by destroying breeding places of mosquitoes; Self-protection measures – by increasing one’s body resistance; Seeking early consultation by going to health centers and hospitals once fever has set in for two days; and saying no to indiscriminate fogging.

The use of insect repellant, mosquito netting, and insecticides can also help minimize the presence of mosquitoes in households, he added. He also urged the media and the health authorities to coordinate their efforts in giving out information about health situations so as not to confuse the public. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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