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Lima na ang patay! Antique town mulls declaring state of calamity vs. dengue

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To combat dengue cases, the local government unit of Culas in Antique province is eyeing the declaration of a state of calamity.

Four dengue deaths have placed the town in a critical situation, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

“The local government unit of Culasi is contemplating to declare a state of calamity so that they would be able to have funds to address the problem and assist in the treatment of the dengue victims,” said IPHO chief Ric Naciongayo.

Antique recorded 467 dengue cases and five deaths from January to July 1, 2019. Of the total dengue cases, Culasi has 106 cases, the highest in the province.

Naciongayo advised households to eliminate standing water as it is a potential breeding site for mosquitoes.

“The local officials are planning to provide knee socks to the students to minimize mosquito bites,” he also said.