- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio expressed alarm over the rise in number of dengue cases and deaths in the city
- 19 patients out of over 4,000 dengue patients died since January this year
- The mayor ordered a review of measures to fight dengue and other preventable diseases
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, known to her constituencies as Inday Sara, expressed alarm over the high mortality rate among dengue patients in the city.
The City Health Office (CHO) recorded nineteen deaths from over 4,000 cases since January this year.
The city mayor directed the local health officials to do something to arrest the spread of the disease and threatened to fire them if they fail.
“I want to see a decrease from July to December, otherwise there is a need to find new people for this job,” Inday Sara said in a statement on Thursday, July 28.
“That the number of deaths could reach this high is definitely disconcerting and I am appalled because the government is supposed to be doing everything to prevent the breeding of the mosquitoes carrying the virus,” she added.
According to a Sun Star article dated July 28, 2016, the mayor ordered the review of how the city government is fighting dengue and other preventable diseases, and ordered the CHO to coordinate with barangay officials in the implementation of programs aimed at eliminating the mosquito-borne disease.
“Dengue is preventable if only efforts to prevent the spread were done and were done efficiently,” she said; adding “there is an urgent need to eliminate the mosquitoes carrying the virus and their breeding places if we want to end the spate of deaths.”