Cebu City was declared to be under a state of calamity by the Cebu City Council. This is following the declaration of the Provincial Board of a dengue outbreak in the region on Monday.
The dengue outbreak announcement was made in order to caution citizens of the pervasiveness of the mosquito-borne infection.
The recommendation to put the city under a state of calamity was made by the City Health Department of Cebu.
The declaration of a state of calamity in the city will allow local officials to facilitate immediate use of resources in order to contain the dengue outbreak.
Cebu City has been on high alert on dengue cases ever since last year because of the prevalence of the infection in the area especially during the rainy season.
According to a joint resolution by Councilor David Tumulak and Councilor Mary Ann Delos Santos, there has been an exponential increase in dengue cases in Cebu in 2016 compared to the number of cases within the last three years.
Both Tumulak and Delos Santos shared that various measures to prevent and control the prevalence of dengue has been employed and undertaken, specially in barangays with the highest number of cases, or those which are considered as dengue hot spots.
Tumulak serves as the chairperson of the city’s Committee on Health and Sanitation, while Delos Santos serves as Deputy Mayor on Health as per the designation of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña.
Last year, there were 2,145 cases of dengue in the area, and with 16 deaths resulting from the infection.
As of October 1, 2016, 23 deaths due to dengue have been recorded, and there are already 2,089 cases of dengue in the city within this year alone. The recorded death count is the highest number the city has ever had because of the infection within the last three years.