THE local government unit of Kidapawan City is conducting a massive clean-up and fogging drives in the different areas in the city following a spike in cases of dengue.
A report from the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed from January 1 to May 13, the city has recorded 206 cases of dengue or 1,066% increase as compared to the same months last year, with only 18 cases.
Two deaths were reported in Kidapawan brought by the mosquito-borne illness.
Five barangays in the city has recorded high cases of dengue. They were barangays Poblacion, with 54; Sudapin, 26; Balindog, 17; Amas, 15; and Lanao , 15.
Kidapawan Mayor Joseph Evangelista called on other sectors to help in the clean-up drive to halt the further increase in the number of people afflicted with dengue.
“Kailangan nating sugpuin ang dengue dahil mapanganib ito sa buhay ng tao at posibleng ikamatay pa kapag hindi naagapan,” the mayor said.
Evangelista said that during a health cluster meeting, it was agreed upon that aside from free test for dengue patients, the local government unit will also provide financial assistance package for those admitted at the hospital due to dengue.
The official advised all those experiencing dengue symptoms such as fever, body pain and skin rashes to immediately consult a doctor. By Jane Eleda