By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
CAPITOL officials see the need to strengthen the anti-dengue campaign in Misamis Oriental after it ranked second in the list of provinces and cities in Region 10 with the highest number of dengue cases.
The Department of Health (DOH) has declared a nationwide dengue epidemic alert while health officials in the region said the health crisis in northern Mindanao was beyond epidemic and nearing an outbreak.
Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said the capitol would be helping local governments on their respective anti-dengue campaigns.
“Sa pagkakaron hulat lang mi unsa need and kulang sa LGUs,” said Emano.
Nancy Madjos, chairperson of the provincial board’s health committee of health, said officials would continue to meet over the relatively high number of dengue cases in the province.
Madjos said Dr. Jerry Calingasan, provincial health officer, informed her that the health offices of various towns have started implementing mitigating measures. She said Calingasan did the rounds and instructed the municipal health offices on what to do.
But the provincial and municipal health offices need to strengthen the measures and step up the campaign, according to Madjos.
So far, Misamis Oriental registered some 2,480 dengues cases and 14 dengue-related deaths since January.
Gingoog had the most number of cases with 481, followed by El Salvador with 201, according to Grace Jamis of the provincial health office.
Jamis said the capitol, through its health office, has been telling town officials of the need for clean surroundings and for them to implement the “4s” program of the health department. The “4s” stands for “search and destroy,” “self-protection,” “seek consultation,” and “say ‘yes’ to fogging” in case of an outbreak.
“Since two weeks ago nag-advise nami nga manglimpyo gyud kay mao gyud na ang pinakamaayo buhaton para malikayan ang dengue ug part ana ang pag-implement gyud sa 4s,” said Jamis.