By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Last weekend, the provincial government of Samar in the Eastern Visayas of the Philippines approved the resolution to put the entire province under a state of calamity as local health authorities recorded 1,855 cases from January to July this year.
This is nearly triple the 653 dengue cases recorded in 2018.
Calbayog City has seen most number of dengue cases with 461 or an increase of 83 percent from 2018. This is followed by Catbalogan 340 cases.
In addition, the Samar provincial government has declared Friday, August 9 as a non-working day for its employees to join the anti-dengue campaign.
Governor Milagrosa Tan issued Executive Order No. 14 just days after the state of calamity to call for a synchronized search and destroy mosquito breeding sites.
“Whereas, the foregoing alarming figures command urgent action from the province and all others concerned to mitigate, control, and eventually eliminate dengue infection,” the order read.
“Whereas, given the continuing rise of the number of dengue cases in the Province of Samar, the aid of every people of Samar to search and destroy all mosquito breeding sites in the entire province is urgent and indispensable,” it added.