Iloilo mustn’t lower guard despite drop in dengue cases – guv

ILOILO – Based on the record of the Hospital Management Office as of Sept. 12, dengue patients admitted in 13 province-run hospitals dropped to 250.

Despite this decline in the number of dengue cases, the provincial government is not relaxing its campaign against dengue.

To further reduce the risk of dengue spreading, the “4 o’clock habit” would be relaunched, said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.

A vector control strategy, the “4-o’clock habit” is a simultaneous province-wide cleanup drive at 4 p.m. everyday.

The cleanup aims to search and destroy the breeding sites of mosquitoes.

Dengue-carrying mosquitoes are known to be most active starting at 4 p.m.

Recently, the governor convened with the Rural Health Officers and also appealed to the mayors to include the “4 o’clock habit” in their anti-dengue ordinances.

“We don’t want it to slip out of our consciousness. We want this to graduate into a cleanup drive for all purposes, like for tourism,” Defensor said.

The launching and kickoff will be on Sept. 23, 2019.

Defensor attributed the decrease in dengue cases to the communal efforts of the barangays in minimizing the spread of the disease. (LHC, Capitol News/PN)


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