The reported dengue rate of 258 for the period of January to July, 337% higher than reported 59 in the same period last year has prompted the City Health Office of Muntinlupa to design an effective work plan to be completed in full action the soonest possible time. Mayor Aldrin San Pedro reiterated this double effort to be performed by a task force headed by Dra. Edilinda Patac of the City Health Office, and be delivered among the public schools and 9 barangays of the city.
“We are now in the first phase of actualizing all the activities drafted in our plan so as to lessen the fast-doubling rate of dengue cases to avoid an outbreak. Right now, we are keeping an eye on those hot spots where cases are fast surging”, Mayor San Pedro said.
The action plan implicates the provision of additional laboratory supplies, medicines, oral rehydrating solutions, laboratory tests (CBC and platelet) which will be given freely to indigent city citizens.
“Aside from free diagnostic that includes platelet counting, we are the first LGU to perform free confirmatory tests among our patients who will be deemed positive of the virus”, Dra. Patac stated.
Various communities will also be experiencing clean-up drives (Operation Linis) of prospect breeding sites of mosquito larvae as well as be enjoined to participate in each barangay’s contest of “zero kiti-kiti” campaign.
There will also be re-creation of new sets of barangay dengue task force, organization of entomological team composed primarily of doctors and sanitary inspectors in every community confirmed of dengue cases, and activation of dengue fast lanes in all health centers as part of the task plan.
Schools will be provided with free olyset(permethrin treated mosquito nets)from World Health Organization through City Health Department-Metro Manila, and are counseled to strictly hold dengue symposia, targeting PTA’s and produce advocacy-related materials in their schools for drive against dengue.
The plan has taken effect since even hot spots were not yet monitored. It started by larviciding, a preventive method to stop the development of larvae from adult mosquitoes, fogging and space spraying all confirmed and prospect dengue cases communities.