Aklan placed at dengue outbreak status

KALIBO, Aklan, July 21 (PIA) —  The province of Aklan has been placed under dengue outbreak status due to the increasing number of dengue cases recorded at Aklan hospitals from January to July 6 of this year.

This was decided during the recent meeting of the Provincial Dengue Task Force called for and presided by Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores, which was attended by mayors and representatives of Aklan’s 17 towns, provincial and municipal health officers, heads and representatives of key national and provincial offices, and the local media.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Ma. Lourdes Monegro, regional dengue program coordinator, and Dr. Glen Alonsabe, regional epidemiologist of the Department of Health (DOH) 6. 

Based on records of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here, Aklan has 2,121 cases of dengue with 15 deaths from January to July 6, 2019 and with an increase rate of 157 percent compared with the number of cases for the same period in 2018.

Kalibo has the highest number of cases with 523 cases (25%) while Balete town, with 213 cases, is the municipality with the highest attack rate (69.89%).

Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, provincial health officer, who presented the province’s data on dengue, revealed that age range of cases is from 2 months to 91 years old, while the age range with highest cases is from 11-20 years old.

The case fatality rate (CFR) is 0.71 percent.

As of the said period, other municipalities and their respective number of cases include Banga, with 196 cases; New Wahington, 190; Numancia, 168; Ibajay, 115; Altavas, 111; Malay, 101; Batan, 83; Makato, 73; Tangalan, 71; Nabas, 67; Buruanga, 59; Lezo, 48; Malinao, 41; Libacao, 35; and Madalag, 29.

With Aklan placed under dengue outbreak status just like other provinces in Western Visayas, Dr. Alonsabe said local government units can now use their 70 percent disaster risk reduction (DRR) funds for preparedness for the mitigation and prevention of dengue.

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Miraflores noted that municipalities in Aklan with high cases of dengue are those with big population, while those with smaller population with houses sparsely distributed, have lesser number of cases, like Libacao and Madalag.

Being placed on a dengue outbreak status, the governor said the 70 percent DRR fund could already be used to buy dengue testing kits, IV fluids, paracetamol, and oral rehydration salts (ORS) preferably the flavored kind which will be acceptable to children.

The governor also told the mayors to provide their own Rural Health Units (RHUs) with dengue test kits and other needs for ordinary cases of fever to help decongest the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital which is overwhelmed with admissions of dengue cases.

“Please take an active role in the prevention of dengue,” he appealed to the mayors and representatives present.

Dr. Alonsabe shared that in Iloilo, clean-up drives are now being conducted  to destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes, and with this, it was decided that clean-up drives will also be conducted simultaneously in Aklan for four consecutive Saturdays which already started on July 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Miraflores said schools must also do their clean-up activity every Friday afternoon.

The meeting also provided the opportunity for the local media to request for a weekly press conference which was welcomed by the PHO, and set the schedule every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the PHO Office. (JBG/VGV/PIA6 Aklan)


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