Gov. Manotoc signs EO urging Ilocanos to be 'vigilant' against dengueSep 05, 2019
To address the increasing number of dengue cases, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc signed Executive Order (EO) No. 15-19, enjoining the whole province to "Exercise Extreme Vigilance Against Dengue," last August 23.
According to the Provincial Health Office's (PHO) data, from January to August 16, Ilocos Norte recorded a total of 1,160 cases with two reported fatalities.
PHO Officer-in-charge Dr. Josephine Ruedas has remarked that the province is on alert threshold, explaining, "Compared to last year, tumaas ang [dengue] cases dito. Last year, konti lang ang ating cases pero marami ang namatay."
As part of its response, the PHO is also conducting active surveillance in communities to identify the causes of the increasing number of dengue cases in the province.
"We take this very seriously and I hope we can all do our part in combatting this problem," Gov. Marcos Manotoc added.
EO No. 15-19 also states that all local government units including all sectors are ordered to enforce preventive measures in mitigating dengue incidents, especially this rainy season.
The firmer implementation of Department of Health's Enhanced 4S Strategy, (search and destroy breeding sites, self-protect, seek early consultation, and say "yes" to fogging only in hotspot areas), and the activation of the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue Campaign are the main anti-dengue efforts stipulated in the EO.
In addition, people are encouraged to practice the 4 o'clock Habit wherein they go out every 4 p.m. to clean surroundings and destroy mosquito-breeding sites. The healthcare units must also facilitate chemical interventions to kill mosquito eggs, and reproduce DOH-provided IEC materials to strengthen information dissemination to all barangays.
Moreover, Dr. Ruedas assured that all Rural Health Units in the province are now equipped with DOH trained and competent health workers, medical supplies and paraphernalia.