Tanudan, Kalinga – The Municipality of Tanudan remains to be the only town in Kalinga that has zero dengue cases since January 2022.
According to Dr. Sandra Valledor, Municipal Health Officer, the last dengue case documented in the municipality was the individual infected with the mosquito-borne viral disease in Lubo last 2020.
Having no dengue case for a year, Valledor attributes this to the continuous support of the Provincial Health Office and the Department of Health – Kalinga for always providing technical assistance to the RHU - Tanudan.
She also acknowledges the effort and support of the Local Government Unit of Tanudan headed by Mayor Jaedicke Rhoss Dagadag, the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, and the different barangays that led to the enactment of an ordinance for the prevention of the disease.
With said ordinance, barangays are mandated to conduct regular clean up drives to prevent any breeding areas of mosquitoes in their locality. Apart from this, the health workers in the barangays are also tasked to monitor individuals who manifest symptoms of dengue and once confirmed, they will immediately report said cases to the Municipal Health Office.
With the start of the rainy season, a Dengue Awareness activity was conducted in Barangay Mabaca on May 28, 2022.
The event which was participated by the Lower barangays in Tanudan composed of an Information Education Campaign on the mosquito-borne viral disease, discussions on what to do should they record a case in their area and where to refer them, and demonstration on the proper installation of a mosquito net. Also, a dance challenge was included as part of the event.
Valledor explained that Lower Tanudan has a higher risk of having the viral disease since they are the ones who store water in a drum and they are closer to Tabuk City which already recorded 132 dengue cases from January to May this year.
To maintain its zero-dengue case status, Valledor appeals for the continuous cooperation of the barangay and the public in Tanudan to observe and practice the 4-S in dengue prevention and to immediately seek consultation should they have the symptoms of dengue.
“Itul-tuloy tayo latta dagiti activities tayo regarding dengue prevention and dengue awareness. Ken dagitoy health workers tayo kuma ket haan da latta maum-uma nga ag-remind kadagiti tattao. And dagitoy kakailyan, maki-cooperate da kuma tapnu agtul-tuloy nga awan iti cases tayo iti dengue ditoy Tanudan,” she conveyed.
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