By Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran –The local government unit of Kawayan has stepped up its action to address the sudden rise in the number of dengue cases, which has resulted to the death of a five-year old boy, in less than a month’s time.
On Jan. 23, Kawayan Mayor Rodolfo J. Espina, Sr. ordered the barangay captains during their Association of Barangay Captain (ABC) meeting to conduct clean-up drive in their respective village. Members of 4Ps, Women Organization for Rural Development-Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipino, Incorporated (WORD-KALIPI) were also enjoined to participate the clean-up activities.
Espina said he requested the Sanguninag Bayan members of the town on Jan. 25 to allocate funds for the purchase of one unit new fogging machine costing P85,000 to P90,000 which speedily approved on the same day.
He added that a larval survey and fogging operation, with the use of the fogging machines borrowed from the provincial office of the National Food Authority (NFA) and from the provincial health office in Biliran, were conducted from Jan. 27-31 in Barangay Tucdao.
On Feb. 1, a larval survey was also conducted in Mapuyo with misting on Feb. 2 to 3 in the same barangay.
Espina further said he issued an executive order declaring dengue outbreak in barangay Mapuyo on Feb. 7 based on the recommendation of Dr. Christine S. Balasbas, Kawayan municipal health officer on Feb. 6.
The following day, not only he ordered the conduct of clean-up drive in Mapuyo but fogging as well that was continued until Feb. 9 to 11 with the use of the newly purchased fogging machine.
He also wrote a letter to the regional director of the Department of Health (DOH-8) on Feb. 8 requesting for one medical doctor and one medical technologist to augment the health personnel of RHU-Kawayan. To date, one medical doctor and one medical technologist were already deployed by DOH-8 to RHU-Kawayan.
Further on Feb.8, he also issued an executive order urging all barangays in Kawayan town to conduct clean-up drive. On the same day, a clean-up drive on the flat canals of Mapuyo was conducted using the fire truck of the town.
On Feb. 9, he also ordered the conduct of fogging operation in Mapuyo and in Barangay Kansanoc on Feb. 12.
On Feb. 13, he issued an executive order declaring dengue outbreak in Kawayan town with 81 reported dengue cases in the 10 affected barangays. The barangays affected are as follows with the corresponding number of affected persons: Balacson-1, Balite-1, Burabod-6, Kansanoc-8, Mapuyo-42, Poblacion-1, Tucdao-12, Ungale-6, Madao-3, and Villacornejo-1.
He also informed that another new unit of fogging machine will be purchased to help in the fogging operations in all the barangays in his town. He said the purchase of another fogging machine was made so as to fast track fogging operation as it takes two to three days to finish in just one barangay.
He likewise requested assistance not only from DOH-8 but also from the Congressman Rogelio J. Espina and from Biliran Governor Gerardo J. Espina, Jr., for the provision of medical supplies like dextrose, IV tubes and needles, rapid dengue testing kit, and medicines like Paracetamol syrup, and additional cots, which will be used to address the dengue cases of his town.
He strongly appealed to the people in Kawayan to remain calm as he already made the necessary actions to address the situation.
He also urged them to cooperate in the conduct of the continuous clean-up drive and fogging operations to destroy the breeding places of Aedes Aegypti, the type of mosquito that carries the dengue virus. (LDL/RSV/PIA-8 Biliran)