The dengue cases in Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City, are alarming, a health official said.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) presented to San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo the results of an Entomological Survey done in Brgy. Rizal on Friday, September 2.
Medical Specialist II and City Health Office Technical Adviser Dr. Mary Genevieve Montaño said the Department of Health and PHO recommended the survey to have evidence-based findings on dengue vectors in Barangay Rizal, a San Carlos City Public Information Office (PIO) report said.
The team found dengue carriers since most households in the barangay store water in uncovered containers which serve as breeding habitats for dengue-carrier mosquitoes, Montaño said.
Montaño said Barangay Rizal has the highest number of dengue cases in San Carlos City, with 23 morbidities out of 137 cases and 2 deaths.
The data is alarming and if not addressed, might create an outbreak, she said, adding that they plan to replicate the survey in other San Carlos barangays.
Montaño advised residents to clean their surroundings.
Nurse Edjohn Javellana, PHO Entomological Survey Team head, recommended to the mayor the activation of the Aksyon sa Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD), passage of a dengue barangay resolution or ordinance to protect the health and welfare of residents, keeping the environment clean, removing stagnant water, intensification of Information Education Campaign, the establishment of dengue fast lanes at health facilities, and the purchase of the NS1 fumigation chemical.
Gustilo agreed with the recommendations and suggested to the local health office to conduct an awareness campaign on dengue in every barangay.*