By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .
Iligan City — Dengue cases in this city as of mid-July this year has risen to 632 cases with 11 deaths.
This was the statement to the media Tuesday by Dr. Cherlina Canaveral, city health officer here, adding that this is a growing concern here.
She added that she can not say which of the barangays here are the most affected as the most affected barangay as far as dengue is concerned keeps transferring. This week, it is Tubod, the next might be Palao.
The city, to note has 44 barangays and Tubod and Palao are among the most populated. There is no known treatment or cure for said disease which is carried by mosquitoes, she said and among the effects of the disease is “dehydration.” So the patient must be fully hydration even as she added that families should watch out for fever and not take them for granted. Even slight fever, known in our language as “danggas” should be monitored and several days of this slight fever should be acted upon, otherwise it might be too late, she said.
So during these times, people should do the 4s to combat it which are: 1. search and destroy mosquito breeding places; 2. self-protection by wearing long sleeves, long pants/dresses and use of insect repellents 3. seek early consultation once there are signs and symptoms and 4. say yes in fogging if there is an impending outbreak.
Canaveral also added that the Department of Health is coming over to this city, bringing with them mosquito nets that are already treated with anti dengue repellants.