TABUK CITY, Kalinga – During this week’s personnel flag raising ceremony, Delma Gulingan, the City Health Services Office (CHSO), said that dengue cases in the city are still on the rise.
According to Gulingan, mosquito breeding grounds have grown in number as a result of the ongoing rain brought on by the successive typhoons.
Nevertheless, she expressed gratitude to the members of Tabuk’s many barangay councils for their ongoing efforts to fight the disease, such as the clean-up campaigns.
“Dayta panagdaldalus yu nga barangay councils bassit ti cases idi ngem immadu tatta gapu panagtutudu,” she said.
She continued by stating that 19 dengue cases were reported for morbidity week 35, and regrettably, one dengue-related fatality was reported for morbidity week 34.
Gulingan added that chikungunya, another illness brought on by mosquito bites, has also been reported.
“Pangaasi tayu kuma ta bantayan ken alagaan tayu iti un-uneg ken ruwar iti balay ken opisina tayu,” she said.
Sanitary Engineer Smith Dawaton of the CHSO stated that washing is insufficient to reduce the danger of contracting an infection.
Dawaton continued by stating that this is the reason why their office began “Operation Pattug,” a program where members of the CHSO and the barangay councils take part of.
“Iti dadduma nga barangays gamin ket nu ‘Clean-up Drive’ kunada ket mapanda agpidut cellophanes kata inya iti canals kada kal-kalsada,” he said.
Dawaton underlined that “Operation Pattug” is a search and destroy operation of the city government in which they would locate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes like abandoned tires, bottles, pots, and pans and spill the stagnant water gathered inside these containers.