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‘Alert Level 5 Kontra Dengue’ has been declared in the province of Iloilo.

As a preventive step, the province of Iloilo will be placed on “Alert Level 5 Kontra Dengue,” with the addition of “social distance” to its 4S policy in preparation for the pandemic’s surge.

“We are concluding this in 48 hours,” Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said in a media interview on Thursday, “and we will issue an order placing the entire province of Iloilo under Alert Level 5 Kontra Dengue, which is a program applying the 5S strategy against dengue.”

He went on to say that the order will be used to implement the Department of Health’s (DOH) Administrative Order 2018 – 0021, which contained guidance on the expanded 4S strategy against mosquito-borne diseases and was issued on July 25, 2018.

Search and remove mosquito breeding sites, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support with spraying solely in hot spot locations are all part of the 4S plan.

“Alert Level 3 is in effect, and the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) concern remains. We add a social distancing component to everything we do. Four plus one equals five. So we’re looking for a catchy name for it, like Alert Level 5 Kontra Dengue,” Defensor explained.

He stated that the order will be carried out with the assistance of municipal and city mayors, village leaders, business sector and socio-civic organizations, and national government agencies.

According to data from the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), the province had 29 dengue cases from January 1 to December 29, 2022, including two deaths.

There were 40 cases with no deaths over the same period last year, and 151 cases with 49 deaths in 2020.

According to Defensor, the most recent surge in the province occurred in 2019, and the increase in instances occurs every three years.

“Looking back, it started slowly in the first quarter and really took off in July of this year.” As a result, we want to begin planning for dengue fever in collaboration with our mayors,” the governor stated.

Nonetheless, he stated that the “Limpyo (clean) Iloilo” initiative, which was announced in 2020, is already being implemented by the barangays (villages).

The initiative aims to establish in Ilonggos the practice of maintaining roadsides, plazas, waterways, and surrounding areas clean in order to earn Iloilo the title of “clean province.”

Every third Saturday of the month, a simultaneous clean-up campaign is held.

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