By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in Tacloban City have reported some 750 dengue fever cases through July 26, including eight deaths. Despite the surge in cases this year, officials say the situation is “still manageable”.
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said there is no need to declare a state of calamity in the city. “Usually, a local government declares a state of calamity because of the need for additional budget, but so far we have enough resources to support the anti-dengue campaign,” Romualdez said.
In Bicol region, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) raised the region’s dengue alert level to code blue as cases in the region are now above the alert threshold. Earlier this week, health officials in Bicol reported 3,631 cases and 37 deaths from January 1 to July 27 this year.
Claudio Yucot, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director and RDRRMC chairman said raising the blue alert status means the activation of an emergency operation center. The emergency operation center will now monitor the implementation of actions to curb dengue with the help of the Department of Health and other agencies.
Kabankalan City and Murcia town in Negros Occidental have declared a dengue outbreak. Public health officials report that Kabankalan City has the highest cases in the province with 596 from January 1 to July 20, 2019. It recorded an increase of 127 percent from only 262 during the same period last year.
In Murcia, Mayor Gerardo Rojas said he has issued an executive order declaring a dengue outbreak in the municipality. As of July 20, Murcia has 160 cases, with one death. Cases increased by 344 percent from last year’s 36.