Iloilo gov vows to intensify fight against dengue

Iloilo gov vows to intensify fight against dengue

By Leonard T. Pineda I, Friday 8th of February 2013

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 8 (PIA6) -- Iloilo Provincial Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr., vows to intensify its fight against dengue, as cases of dengue fever in the province continue to rise.

Report from the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) said there are already 160 cases and one death recorded in the province.

In a press conference, Defensor said that health officials and health units in the local government units have been mobilized to exert all possible efforts to lessen the spread of the disease.

“We will intensify our campaign against dengue and there will be continuous advisories regarding the disease through the media,” said Defensor.

Defensor also reminded the public to maintain clean surroundings to eliminate breeding places of dengue carrier mosquitoes. He said that due to climate change, the seasonal dengue has become year-round and 24/7, so residents should take necessary precautions to avoid this infection.

He also said that the Provincial Government will issue a new directive stating that all dengue cases admitted in the 12 provincial and district hospitals will be free of charge.

Report from the IPHO said the following Iloilo towns are affected: Banate with 47 cases; Sta. Barbara, 13; Pavia and Pototan with 10 cases each; Oton, eight; Cabatuan, Calinog, and Sara with six each; Alimodian, Dumangas, Passi City, San Dionisio, San Miguel and Tigbauan with four each; Badiangan, Janiuay and Maasin, with three each; Barotac Viejo, Guimbal, Leon, Duenas, Miag-ao, San Enrique, Zarraga, with two each; and one case each for the municipalities of Ajuy, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Leganes, New Lucena, Mina, and Tubungan. (JSC/LTP-PIA6 Iloilo) - Timeline 2013