South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. lauded the barangay officials of the province for their efforts which led to the drastic decrease of dengue incidence in South Cotabato.
From 308 cases during the Morbidity Week (MW) 29 last July 14-July 20, 2019, dengue cases were down by 88 cases or 71% during the Morbidity Week 37 dated September 8-14, 2019, the Integrated Provincial Health Office reports.
Based on the latest report last week, dengue posted at least 25 cases only from September 15-21, 2019.
Presently, the province is under the epidemic threshold only from the alert threshold. This means although South Cotabato is still considered under the state of calamity, dengue cases are already on its “controlled” state.
But the IPHO is still not complacent with this state.
The health department urges all barangay leaders to practice “Oplan Kulob” which is one of the most effective ways to combat dengue.
To date, dengue has claimed at least 24 lives out of the 5692 cases reported from January 1, -September 21, 2019.
This figure is higher by 173 percent as compared to the 2083 cases for the same period in 2018.
During the Dengue Forum held today at the Capitol Covered Court, Governor Tamayo assured the local leaders and punong barangays that the province is willing to assist in any way it can to prevent dengue in their respective area.
“Rest assured there will be no politics in our delivery of services under my watch,” Tamayo said,
The provincial government through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund has released at least Php26.6 million out of its 5 percent calamity fund for Preparedness; and Prevention and Mitigation programs.