ILOILO City – A dengue outbreak was declared in Guimaras province on Thursday, the local government confirmed.
The rise of dengue cases prompted Gov. Samuel Gumarin to sign Executive Order No. 36, declaring an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in the island.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit recorded a 1,046.5-percent increase of dengue cases with 493, higher compared to last year during the same period.
PHO said there have already been two recorded deaths so far this year. It added the dengue cases in the island recorded this 2019 has exceeded the epidemic threshold based.
The municipality of Jordan recorded the highest number of cases with 153. Buenavista comes next with 109; 93 cases were also reported in Nueva Valencia, 72 in Sibunag and 66 in San Lorenzo.
PHO said 21 barangays were identified to have clustering of dengue cases where
three or more dengue victims were recorded in each barangay.
Along with the declaration of dengue outbreak, Gumarin ordered the creation of the
Dengue Crisis Management Task Force to spearhead the response of the Provincial Government
of Guimaras to suppress the rise of dengue cases.
Gumarin also directed the Dr. Catalino Nava Provincial Hospital, Buenavista Emergency Hospital, Nueva Valencia District Hospital, all Rural Health Units, Municipal Health Offices and the Provincial Health Office and personnel to be vigilant and extend free services and assistance to all dengue patients.
The governor also ordered all barangays of the province to strengthen their clean-up drive
in the community to destroy the breeding places of the mosquito carrying the dengue virus. (With a report from Guimaras PIO/PN)