By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In the province of South Cotabato in southern Mindanao, the head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) reported last week that the Barangays (villages) of Buenavista and Libertad have been placed under a state of calamity due to the increasing cases of the deadly dengue fever.

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MDRRMO chief, Leonardo Ballon said Buenavista already posted 17 confirmed cases while Libertad, situated in the town center, has 27 since the beginning of the year. Fortunately, no deaths have been recorded.

In addition, co-infections of dengue and COVID-19 have also been reported in the villages.

The state of calamity was issued as a “proactive measure” to contain and prevent the further spread of the disease.

The affected barangays have stepped up with their daily cleanup activities to eliminate all possible breeding places of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

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The MDRRMO, in coordination with the barangays and the MHO, has already conducted a series of fogging operations to help contain the disease.

Through the end of March, the Philippines has reported 17,630 dengue cases with 63 deaths.

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