By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
and LITO RULONA
THE provincial board on Monday called on Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano to start the process of declaring the province under a state of calamity due to the dengue health crisis.
Provincial board member Nancy Madjos said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council, which Emano chairs, should make an official recommendation so that the provincial board can approve a state of calamity declaration.
Madjos, who chairs the provincial board’s health and sanitation committee, said the Provincial Health Office’s data on dengue cases in the province show an alarming situation.
She said that from January to Aug. 14, a total of 2,553 dengue cases have been recorded in the province or more than the cases documented during the 12 months of 2018.
Madjos said she was disturbed because from January to December 2018, the number of dengue cases in the province was 2,464.
She called on Emano to immediately convene the PDRRC so the Council could make an official recommendation. The recommendation would then become the basis for a provincial board action on the health crisis.
The provincial board also asked Emano to quickly work on synchronized actions for dengue preparedness and outbreak response throughout the province with the help of all local governments, day care center workers, barangay chairpersons, zone leaders, barangay heath workers, and the Department of Education.
The provincial board said periodic and simultaneous massive clean-up activities should be done every Friday throughout the province. It also pointed out the need for daily household clean-up activities for 30 days to break the mosquito life cycle.