By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief
and Ric Palahang
Iligan City — The number of dengue cases in the city has reached alarming levels, this city’s health officer said.
This was the statement yesterday of Boy Teves, of the city health office.
He said 20 barangays are now affected. Among the barangays are Tubod, Maria Cristina, Santa Elena, Tambo, and Bagong Silang.
The city, to note, has 44 barangays.
In 2018, there were 900 cases and recorded fatality was nine. This January, there is already one fatality, at Bagong Silang it was learned though he did not say how many were affected.
Teves advised those who are coming up with fever should seek medical attention immediately and should not wait for it to become stage 2, for it might be too late as the patient might now be hemorrhaging
He also enjoined residents to cover their water containers and those uncovered water, to get rid of water that is already stacked for 5 days as these are the breeding places of the mosquitoes bringing such disease.
The city health, he said, is monitoring such cases and doing various “fogging” activities as this is one method to control the disease. He added too that people here are not vaccinated with the controversial dengvaxia vaccine which he added has affected other safe vaccines like those for other diseases.