The municipality of Tanza declared every first Friday of the month as “Araw ng Linis-Bayan,” an intensified simultaneous clean-up drive campaign of the local government against the dengue disease.
In a memorandum signed by Mayor Yuri Pacumio, the local government urged its constituents to conduct clean-up drives to stop the spread of dengue cases and eliminate the mosquito-breeding areas in Tanza.
This is also in accordance with the recommendation of their municipal health office due to the sudden increase of dengue cases in their town.
In a report of Balitang Tanzeño, Municipal Health Officer Ruth Punzalan mentioned that the town reported an average of 20 dengue cases per week, bringing its total number to 80 cases as of August 5 or in less than three weeks.
Moreover, Punzalan stated that according to the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU), Cavite is now at the threshold level in terms of dengue cases, which means that if this continues to rise, dengue will possibly be declared an epidemic in the province.
“Hindi nalalayo ang bayan natin diyan. Sa 80 na kaso natin, mataas na iyon. Kumpara sa mga nakaraang taon, tumatama na tayo, halos same pattern, nasa threshold level na tayo kaya nagbabadyang epidemya na iyan,” Punzalan said.
She also encouraged everyone to keep their surroundings clean, especially during the rainy season, by emptying stagnant water containers and anything else that could potentially house mosquitoes and their eggs.
“[Kaya] hindi sapat ‘yung nanunungkulan lang, ang hinihingi namin sa inyo ay ang tulong ng lahat ng mamamayan ng Tanza. Kanya-kanyang bahay, maglinis at mag-search and destroy,” she added.
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