Iloilo City wants to tap barangay officials for misting operations to combat dengue

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THE ILOILO City Health Office (CHO) wants to tap barangay officials for continued misting operations to combat mosquito-borne diseases, especially dengue. “We cannot cover all barangays to perform the misting for a short period of time. We are very open to train tanods (village public safety officers) and teach them how to spray so that at least when they have their own machines they can spray on their own,” CHO head Bernard L. Caspe said. He added that he already had talks with City Department of Interior and Local Government Director Ferdinand L. Panes and the City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council for the procurement of misting machine and larvicide for the barangays. The Western Visayas office of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DoH-CHD-6) reported last week that 4,347 dengue cases with 26 deaths were recorded in the region from Jan. 1 to March 16. The dengue cases were more than double the 1,794 reported in the same period last year, with 11 deaths. DoH-6 medical specialist Jessie Glen L. Alonsabe said they expect the number to go down with schools closed for the summer holiday, noting that the transmission of dengue-carrying mosquito is high in classrooms. Both officials reiterated the call to the public to observe cleanliness programs to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo