The Department of Health (DOH) reported an 85% increase in dengue incidence this year compared to the same period in 2018.
As of July 15, DOH declared a National Dengue Alert as dengue cases continue to rise in different regions in the country.
Meanwhile, the dengue cases in Bataraza declined by 50% compared to the same period in 2018. This is based on the report of RTNFI Hospital which is catering Rio Tuba and its neighboring barangays.
Ernesto Llacuna, community relations manager attributes the decrease of the dengue cases to the proactive anti-dengue drive that is currently being implemented by CBNC in Rio Tuba.
“As early as March, we already started preparing for surge of dengue which usually coincides with the coming of the rainy season. We started training our volunteers on how to conduct IEC on Dengue Prevention and early detection. We also conducted misting operation in the different sitios of Rio Tuba,” Llacuna said.
More to this, CBNC provides focus on IEC since the company wants to put emphasis on the preventive aspect of fighting the virus. Volunteers started their IEC in all schools in Rio Tuba.
“This way the program would be more sustainable since all residents are already well informed on how to prevent dengue,” Llacuna added.
CBNC launched the Anti-Dengue Program in 2013 which aims to curb the dengue incidence especially in Rio Tuba. This program is implemented with the assistance of LGU Rio Tuba, RHU Bataraza and the Provincial Health Office.