2 SoCot villages in state of calamity due to dengue

By Allen Estabillo

May 27, 2021, 12:30 pm

<p>The municipal landmark of Surallah town, South Cotabato province (<em>Photo courtesy of the municipal government</em>) </p>

The municipal landmark of Surallah town, South Cotabato province (Photo courtesy of the municipal government

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Two barangays in Surallah town, South Cotabato province have been placed under state of calamity due to the increasing cases of the deadly dengue fever.

Leonardo Ballon, head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), said Thursday Barangays Buenavista and Libertad issued the declaration as a “proactive measure” to contain and prevent the further spread of the disease.

He said no fatalities were so far recorded in the area but Buenavista already posted 17 confirmed cases while Libertad, situated in the town center, has 27 since Jan. 1.

Ballon said they are closely monitoring the situation in the two villages as they already recorded a “double case” or combined infection of dengue and the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“When referred to the hospital, the dengue patient also turned out positive for Covid-19,” he said in an interview over DXOM Radyo Bida in Koronadal City.

He said such cases might lead to difficult complications as a patient’s immune system could further decline due to the combined symptoms.

A report released by the municipal government said a total of 85 dengue cases were already recorded in 14 of its 17 barangays as of Wednesday (May 26).

Aside from Barangays Buenavista and Libertad, the Municipal Health Office’s (MHO) epidemiology and surveillance unit reported 10 cases in Centrala; four each in Tubi-Ala, Dajay and Talahik; three each in Lambontong and Moloy; two each in Colongulo, Canahay and Naci; and one each in Little Baguio, Upper Sepaka and Veterans.

Ballon said the affected barangays have stepped up with their daily cleanup activities to eliminate all possible breeding places of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

He said the cases could have increased due to the onset of the almost daily rains in the past several weeks, which allowed mosquitoes to thrive.

The MDRRMO, in coordination with the barangays and the MHO, has already conducted a series of fogging operations to help contain the disease, he said. (PNA