Daanbantayan reports 66 dengue cases since January; Loot orders cleanup drive
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot has directed the Municipal Health Office (MHO) and barangay officials to intensify community-based dengue prevention and control mechanisms after 66 cases of dengue have been reported in the northern Cebu town from January 1 to February 8.
The municipality, however, has not recorded any incident of death resulting from the mosquito-borne disease.
In a post on its official Facebook page, the municipality of Daanbantayan reported that the dengue cases were reported in 14 of its 20 barangays.
Barangay Poblacion, which recorded 14 cases, had the highest number of dengue incidents followed by villages of Agujo (12 cases), Maya (9 cases), Pajo (8 cases), Talisay (6 cases), Bitoon (5 cases), Bateria (3 cases) and Logon (3 cases). Barangays Bakhawan, Lanao, Malbago, Malingin, Paypay and Tominjao each recorded one case of dengue.
The town is 127 kilometers, or around three hours drive, from Cebu City in the northern tip of mainland Cebu.
“The MHO and barangay officials have initiated an interpersonal information dissemination campaign in different schools and households by encouraging everyone to participate in the cleanup drives to ensure that their surroundings are free from breeding places of mosquitoes,” the post read.
“Moreover, the MHO, in coordination with DOH 7 (Department of Health in Central Visayas), has conducted misting operations to eliminate and destroy mosquitoes. The MHO has already conducted misting activities in barangays Poblacion and Agujo,” the post added.
Misting activities are also set this week for the barangays of Tapilon, Maya, and Talisay./elb
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