July 19, 2024

The city government will intensify the implementation of Ordinance 66 s. 2016 or the Anti-Dengue Ordinance.

The City Health Services Office sounded the dengue fever alarm as the increase in cases reaches an alarming level.

The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) of the CHSO said there is a 134 percent increase in cases this year compared to last year or a total of 940 cases from Jan. 1 to present as against the 401 cases for the same period last year.  Seventy-one percent of the total cases were from the city while the rest were from other localities.

For weeks 21-24, there was a 376 percent increase in cases or from 75 cases in 2023 to 376 this year.

The 10 hotspots barangays with clustering of cases are Irisan, Bakakeng Central, Asin Road, Pacdal, Sto. Tomas Proper, Gibraltar, West Quirino Hill, Mines View Park, Middle Quirino Hill, and Victoria Village.

The ordinance prohibits storing water in containers not tightly covered, keeping and storing water filled vases and using ornamental plants with pot saucer and axilled plants for a long period, keeping or having discarded tires, discharging waste water or sewage unto streets, roads, alleys and pathways and conducting chemical control methods without clearance from the CHSO and the Department of Health.

“Any uncooperative owner, group of persons or public or private entity can be summoned to appear before the punong barangay to explain at reasonable cause why no legal action should be taken upon the violator,” the ordinance reads.

Violators are liable for the following penalties: first offense – community service for three days at the barangay, se-cond offense – P1,000 fine and community service for three days, and third offense – P3,000 and imprisonment of two days at the discretion of the court.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong called for an intensified implementation of the ordinance after CHSO medical officers and sanitation inspectors at the helm of the dengue control measures in the barangays observed that although residents are fully aware of the prevention activities, many households are still not cooperating in the implementation of the same.

He ordered the involvement of the Baguio City Police Office personnel and the Public Order and Safety Division in information dissemination, case surveillance and geo-tagging operations in the barangays as augmentation to the sanitation division personnel.

“It seems that the gravity of the situation has not fully sunk into the consciousness of many people so that they continue to be uncooperative and refuse to take action to remove the risk factors,” Dr. Nelson Hora said.

Miller Balisongen of the Sanitation Division agreed saying the city is not wanting on dengue prevention activities but the problem lies on the behavior of the people.

The city also launched an online system of reporting cases to boost surveillance and capture all cases as part of the CHSO’s newly deve-loped monitoring system which according to CESU head Donnabel Panes integrates data gathering from health laboratories and citizen self- reporting.  Cases may be reported through his link: https://forms.gle/wjoXFyTm6Mw2hrLZ6. – Aileen P. Refuerzo