TACLOBAN CITY – The local government has placed the City of Tacloban under a state of calamity due to the alarming rise of dengue cases, a decision unanimously approved by the city council last Friday, August 2.
The city health office recorded almost 300 new cases in the span of a week.
“For one week, there was an increase of 282 cases from the previous week, or 254 percent higher than the same period in the previous year. From 465 cases as of July 19, the number rose to 750 [by] July 25, with eight deaths,” Councilor Elvira Casal said, referring to data from the city health office.
As the hospitals get overcrowded, the local government transformed the Tacloban City Training Center into an improvised treatment center for dengue patients.
The declaration of a state of calamity allows the local government to access the quick response fund for emergency measures, giving them Php30 million to purchase anti-dengue and medical equipment.
Casal added that with the declaration, a part of the fund could also be used to shoulder the nurses’ overtime pay.
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said that the local government targets “no more mortality.”
“There is no more excuse, because we have dengue every year. It’s not a surprise to us anymore,” Romualdez added. (HGBH/LMO)
Photo from Alfred Romualdez Facebook page