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Due to dengue, Antique is currently in a state of calamity status.

Due to dengue cases reported in all 18 of Antique’s municipalities, the Provincial Board declared Antique to be in a state of calamity on Thursday.

Considering a total of 1,575 instances with six deaths documented from January to July 9, the board unanimously adopted the resolution submitted by its member Pio Jessielito Sumande Sr. for the province to be placed under a state of calamity.

The number is 556 percent greater than the same period last year, when there were 241 cases, including two deaths.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (PDRRMC) request for the resolution’s approval was granted on July 12.

The proclamation of the state of disaster, according to Sumande, gives Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao the power to choose an adequate budget for dengue prevention and response initiatives from the remaining Quick Response Fund (QRF).

Dr. Ric Noel Naciongayo, the Integrated Provincial Health Officer (IPHO) for Antique, who was invited to attend the provincial board meeting, stated that a total of PHP12.7 million is being requested to buy the necessary equipment, including misting machines, spray cans, insecticides, and chemicals for vector control.

Additionally, he added, “we require dengue duo kits for diagnosis and intravenous fluids for therapy.”

The IPHO wants to provide local governments the same tools to stop the dengue virus from spreading.

Although dengue cases have been reported in all 18 of the province’s municipalities, the majority of patients come from the five towns of San Jose de Buenavista, which has 355 cases and one fatality, Sibalom, which has 266 cases and two fatalities, Hamtic, which has 180 cases and two deaths, Bugasong, which has 170 cases and one death, and Anini-y, which has 107 cases.

In addition to 56 dengue cases, another death was reported in Patnongon town.

The municipal councils of Sibalom and Anini-y had previously declared states of calamity over their respective cities.

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