Iloilo ready for possible dengue surge: Defensor

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Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the provincial government is ready to augment the hospitals’ medical personnel for a possible surge in dengue cases.

It may utilize around 1,000 healthcare workers it hired for Covid-19 vaccination, according to Defensor.

In case more spaces for dengue patients are needed, the governor said hospital supplies, such as IV fluids, medicines and test kits, including hospital tents, are also being ensured. (

Citing the April 2020 memorandum of agreement of the provincial government with tertiary hospitals in Iloilo City, Defensor said these facilities would accept severe dengue cases from the province.

He also issued Executive Order No. 270 on May 23, escalating dengue surge prevention and management measures.

It emphasized the following:

-maximize implementation of the memorandum of agreement with the Western Visayas Medical Center, West Visayas State University Medical Center and Western Visayas Sanitarium in referral of patients and resources sharing

-continuing support to health personnel, facilities, equipment and supplies requirements of municipal / city health offices; and

-the Provincial Civil Defense Covid-19 Case Referral System shall be adopted as the system for the management of referral of patients.

From January 1 to May 28, the Provincial Health Office recorded a total of 322 dengue cases with six deaths.

In the same period last year, only 160 cases with zero death were recorded.

Last March, Defensor placed the entire province under dengue Alert Level 5 so that people would be compelled to follow the “5S” strategy against a dengue outbreak. These are the following:

-search and destroy mosquito breeding sites

-seek early consultation


-say “yes” to fogging only in hotspot areas

-social distancing and other minimum public health standards

Dengue is a viral disease with flu-like symptoms and caused by day-biting mosquitoes that breed in clean, stagnant water.