Iloilo City police officers join a clean-up drive at Aurora Subdivision, Barangay Aurora in City Proper District.
The Iloilo City Health Office (CHO) advised the public to keep surroundings clean to minimize dengue-carrying mosquitoes that bite during the daytime and breed in clear and stagnant water.
City Health Officer Dr. Bernard Caspe stressed that cleanup is urgent amid increasing dengue cases.
CHO reported there were 474 dengue cases with six deaths from January to April this year or an increase of 409.7 percent, compared to 93 cases without death during the same period last year.
There were 165 cases with one death in January, 85 cases with two deaths in February, 150 cases with three deaths in March, and 74 cases in April this year.
Caspe noted the dengue data came from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 taken from various hospitals here and validated by CHO.
“The effective way in order for mosquito not to breed is to clean your house not only every Saturday but every day. And do not just rely on barangay officials to clean the surroundings, you should do it yourself,” Caspe said.
“We have already started spraying all public elementary and secondary schools against mosquito before the opening of classes. We have been doing this for the past years especially to schools which are made as billeting areas during sports-related events,” Caspe added.
Larvicide is available for free at district health centers.
Caspe said dengue cases might increase since rainy season is approaching. (PIO)