City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla, in compliance to the instruction of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, is in constant communication with all barangay officials so they could take the lead in fighting dengue in their communities by following the steps in the search and destroy operations to eliminate breeding grounds of dengue carrying mosquitoes.

As of the latest count, there are already 359 confirmed and validated cases by the City Health Office.

The City Council convened in a special session today to find ways how to curb, if not stop the dengue epidemic in the barangays.

Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova said that the City Council will look into means on how to compel and encourage obedience among the barangays in implementing measures versus dengue

The DOH promotes the 4-S strategy, which stands for “Search and destroy” mosquito-breeding sites, employ “Self-protection measures” (i.e. wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts, and daily use of mosquito repellent), “Seek early consultation”, and “Support fogging/spraying” only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.

City Administrator Doram Dumalagan informed the members of the City Council and those present in the session that his office will revive and deploy declogging teams in the barangays to clear all canals and waterways in a bid to destroy breeding grounds of dengue carrying mosquitoes.

Among those who attended are concerned local government officials, hospital administrators, school heads and the 30 Punong Barangays in order to agree on a more comprehensive, responsive and consistent strategy can be adopted to contain if not eradicate dengue in their communities.

The top three barangays with the most number of dengue cases are Candau-ay with 58; Cadawinonan, 42 and Bagacay with 35 cases.

There are 4 barangays in the city with zero cases of dengue as of Sept. 9 namely Poblacion 1 (Tinago), Poblacion 3, Poblacion 5 and Poblacion 6.

Other barangays with dengue cases are: Bajumpandan, 15; Balugo, 4; Banilad, 13; Bantayan, 4; Batinguel, 21; Bunao, 3; Calindagan, 14; Camanjac, 20; Cantil-e, 10; Daro, 7; Junob, 16; Looc, 6; Mangano, 10;Motong, 16; Piapi, 11; Poblacion 2, 2 cases; Poblacion 4, 2 cases; Poblacion 7, 2 cases; Poblacion 8, 1 case; Pulantubig, 15; Tabuc-tubig, 2; Taclobo, 17 and Talay with 13 cases.