Iloilo provincial government mulls declaring state of calamity over dengue

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The Iloilo Provincial Government is eyeing the declaration of a state of calamity due to rising cases of dengue.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) executive officer Jerry Bionat, however, said hard data are necessary for the state of calamity declaration.

At the PDRRMC meeting headed by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. on Monday, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) was given 10 days to gather official records of dengue from 42 towns and the component city of Passi, district hospitals, Western Visayas Medical Center, West Visayas State University Medical Center, and private hospitals in Iloilo City.

There have been 3,217 suspected dengue cases with 18 deaths as of June 19, said PHO.

The areas with high dengue cases include Pototan (318, with two deaths), Passi City (271, with one death), Concepcion (212, with five deaths), Calinog (204), Ajuy (154), Santa Barbara (125, with one death), Lambunao (124), Sara (122, with one death), Cabatuan (108), and Pavia (104, with two deaths). The six other dengue-related deaths are from New Lucena, Dueñas, Bingawan, and Banate.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.