FOGGING OPS. Workers of the municipal health office of Makilala, North Cotabato on Thursday (July 9) conduct fogging operation in one of two relocation sites in the municipality after a spike in dengue cases. Local health officials identified the affected sites as those in barangays Luna Norte and Malabuan, with a combined number of 80 dengue cases. (Photo courtesy of Makilala RHU)
MAKILALA, North Cotabato – At least 80 dengue cases were reported Thursday in two designated relocation sites here for families affected by the series of quakes that struck the province in October last year.
Dr. Georgina Sorilla, head of the municipal health office (MHO), identified the dengue-affected sites as those of barangays Luna Norte and Malabuan with 60 and 20 cases, respectively.
The MHO, together with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management (MDRRMO) and barangay council, has launched a clean-up drive and fogging as mitigating measures to the sites.
“We recovered several empty cans and containers containing stagnant water around the area which surely contributes to dengue disease,” Sorilla said.
Officials also found an open garbage dumping site filled with stagnant water a few meters away from the two relocation sites.
Sorilla appealed to the public to do its part to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019.
“Please kindly practice cleanliness in your surroundings amid threats of dengue and Covid-19,” she said.
The North Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office said it will assist the Makilala local government to fight the growing number of dengue cases in the area.
Dengue is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, and its symptoms include sudden fever, painful joints and muscles, and body rashes. (PNA)
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