Guimaras bolster defenses as dengue cases rise

The Provincial Government of Guimaras (PGG) toughen its defenses against the onslaught of dengue hemorrhagic fever. 

Dengue cases in the province rose to 282 from January to June 27, 2019 with two deaths.

The rise of dengue cases to 493 with two deaths from January to July 6, 2019, prompted the Local Chief Executive to take action.

Most of the cases were recorded starting May this year while more than half of the victims are children aged 1-10 years old.

The Municipality of Jordan recorded the highest number of cases with 87 where one victim died.

Seventy (70) were registered in the Municipality of Buenavista, 50 in Nueva Valencia with one fatality, 39 in Sibunag and 36 cases were documented in the town of San Lorenzo.

Governor Samuel T. Gumarin ordered all barangays of the province to strengthen their clean-up drive in the community to destroy the breeding places of the mosquito carrying the dengue virus.

Ms. Dina Grace Gabayoyo, Nurse I and dengue coordinator of the Provincial Health Office, said that all villages have activated the 4S strategy advocated by the Department of Health (DoH) to prevent the proliferation of dengue carrying mosquitoes.

Further, barangays were also advised to strictly adhere to the 4 O’Clock Habit that mobilizes communities to search and destroy mosquito-breeding places.

The PGG also heightened its blood donation drive to ensure enough supply of blood in the province amidst the rise of dengue cases.

Thirty seven (37) successful blood donors were registered in a bloodletting activity held on June 27, 2019 at the Provincial Capitol Gym with 16,650 cubic centimetre (cc) of blood collected.