Eastern Samar creates
Outbreak Response Team vs. dengue
By ALICE NICART
BORONGAN CITY – With
the current record of about 600 dengue cases, Eastern Samar Governor
Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. ordered the most urgent action to combat the
The order which was
spelled out in a letter sent to the city and municipal mayors, and
chiefs of hospitals, instructed among others the health personnel, led
by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Marian Isiderio to organize three
Outbreak Response Teams, which would coordinate with the mayors down
to the barangay chairmen.
In an interview, Dr.
Isiderio mentioned that Gov. Nicart first instructed them, to
strengthen the information campaign and advocacy, and second, check
the hospital conditions in the entire province, vis-à-vis supplies and
Isiderio said that the three teams are arranged as follows: Team A,
covers the municipalities of San Julian up to Arteche; Team B, for
Maydolong to Guiuan and Team C would concentrate in schools and in
Borongan where most of the patients come from.
The Lady Health
Officer mentioned that indeed, the teams’ main objective would be to
increase the people’s level of understanding and ultimately convince
them to act on the 4S: 1-Search and Destroy; 2-Seek and Control;
3-Self-Protection by using mosquito nets and repellants; and 4-Say no
to indiscriminate fogging. She warned that fogging cannot just be
done because there are some criteria which are being followed before
any fogging thing is done.
Asked why dengue in
the province has blown to this level and magnitude, the
information-generous doctor replied.
“The rainy season has
set in and these deadly mosquitoes thrive in clean, stagnant waters,
i.e. flower vases, uncovered water deposits, bottles, used car tires,
etc. Last year we had some 450 dengue cases for the whole year,
whereas from January to July 14 this year about 620 had already been
reported”, Dr. Isiderio reported.
“We are very happy,
some personnel from DOH Surveillance Team are set to come and check
our situation and help us through, but it would still be best for
every household to assume the responsibility of cleaning their houses
and surroundings”, Dr. Isiderio suggested.
The Provincial Health
Officer has been busy here and there, monitoring and supervising all
the rest of the district and municipal hospitals as well as networking
with stakeholders in the effort to contain dengue. (PIA-Eastern Samar)