By Restituto Cayubit
TACLOBAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Leyte province has declared a state of calamity for Leyte due to the rising number of patients caused by dengue disease, a report from the office of the vice governor said, here today.
Leyte vice-governor Atty. Carlo P. Loreto in an interview with Manila Bulletin said that the Leyte SP has approved a resolution Friday declaring the province on state of calamity due to the upsurge of dengue disease in the province.
Vice Governor Loreto said that the Leyte SP approved the resolution declaring the state of calamity for the province with the request of the Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla to declare the province in the state of calamity due to the upsurge of dengue disease in the province.
Loreto said that there are already several towns in Leyte which are affected by dengue disease.
A report from the Department of Health (DOH-8) regional office number 8, based in Palo, Leyte, as of July 16 said that dengue disease has caused the deaths of one patient in the towns of Burauen, Babatngon, Mahaplag, and Merida, and also one each in the cities of Baybay and Ormoc.
The DOH-8 report also said that the deaths in Leyte is part of the 23 deaths in Eastern Visayas out of the 5,577 cases as of July 16 as the dengue fever cases in EV continue to balloon.
TACLOBAN CITY- Dengue fever cases in the region continue to balloon with the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) reporting of 23 deaths out of the 5,577 cases as of July 16.
The report also said that there are five reported fatalities from Tacloban City.
In the province of Eastern Samar, in Guiuan town there are four deaths; and one each from the following towns: Hernani, General MacArthur, and Quinapondan.
There are also one reported death in the towns of Sogod and Macrohon both of Southern Leyte; in the town of Kawayan in the province of Biliran; and in the cities in Catbalogan and Calbayog, both in Samar province.