COUNCILOR Richlyn Justol-Baguilod requested the Liga ng mga Barangay to assist the City Health Office in minimizing the impact of the dengue virus.
In a privileged speech, Baguilod emphasized that the City Health Office’s Tropical Diseases Prevention and Control Unit already developed an action plan for a comprehensive approach to control dengue. The office works closely with various health institutions and other stakeholders to effectively implement the plan.
“In our recent meeting with the CHO, we are happy to report that they are on track with the action plan and are making sure the ground functions are continuously being executed,” Baguilod said.
However, she said implementing the strategy on the grassroots level has been a struggle. So, they saw the support of the barangays, especially in information dissemination.
In the speech, Baguilod raised alarm at the city’s rising dengue cases and mortality rate.
“I bring attention to this issue this year because, comparatively from last year, we have not only a higher case but also a higher mortality rate this year,” Baguilod said.
Talomo Poblacion area topped the high dengue cases and is found to be a hotspot or high-risk area.
Per Ordinance No. 0401-20 or “The Davao City Mosquito-Borne Diseases Prevention and Control Ordinance”, Baguilod called for the authorities and residents to fog the hotspot area of Talomo Poblacion for at least four cycles with at least a seven-day interval between cycles.
Baguilod also reminded the public to observe proper garbage disposal, take care of stagnant water, and continue cleaning the surroundings of their respective homes. These practices are part of the “4 o’clock daily habit.”
“While we know that the dengue outbreak happens annually, let us not forget to still be vigilant, and do our part to lessen its impact in the community,” Baguilod said.
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