Ormoc City was placed under a state of calamity on Thursday, Aug. 9, due to the alarming rise of dengue deaths and cases here. From Jan. 1 to Aug. 8, there are already a total of 426 recorded dengue cases in the city.
On Wednesday, the Ormoc City Health Office and Ormoc City Risk Reduction and Management Council recommended the declaration of a state of calamity to Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez. The declaration of a state of calamity would allow the release of calamity funds that could be used to purchase medicine, supplies, and equipment.
Dr. Edmund Kierulf, who is currently the officer-in-charge of the city health department, revealed that the dengue situation in #theCityOfBeautifulPeople is alarming. For starters, dengue is one of the fastest-spreading mosquito-borne diseases around the globe. As a matter of fact, records from the World Health Organization showed that it had increased 30-fold in the past 50 years.
The start of the rainy season in the country is said to be a huge factor that contributed to the skyrocketing number of dengue cases. Mosquitoes lay eggs in containers and spaces, such as bottle caps, gutters, old rubber tires, dish dryers, and trash bins, that hold stagnant water.
City Councilor Gerardo Penserga warned that the current number of dengue cases in Ormoc City would continue to rise if communities would not participate in activities to eradicate the mosquitoes that carry the fatal dengue virus (DENV).
The Ormoc City Health Office, along with the local government unit, different civic organizations and government agencies, conducted a simultaneous search and destroy of the mosquitoes breeding sites to curb the spread of dengue in the 18 most-affected barangays on Friday, Aug. 9.
The Department of Health (DOH) is, currently, working with the Department of Interior and Local Government in the implementation of the “4 o’clock habit” at the barangay level. Under the said program, the health department is promoting the 4S strategy: search and destroy mosquito breeding sites; seek early consultation with dengue; self-protection, and say “yes” to fogging only in hotspots.
As per The City of Ormoc page, dengue cases were recorded in the following barangays: R.M. Tan, Naungan, Linao, Lao, Cogon, Doña Feliza Mejia, Tambulilid, Liloan, Bagong Buhay, Punta, Sto. Niño, San Pablo, Margen, San Jose, Don Felipe Larrazabal, and Mabato.