In an effort to curb the rise in dengue cases, Quezon City implements various strategies including city-wide “search and destroy” operations to prevent and control dengue.

Mayor Joy Belmonte tasked the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) to lead the operations along with barangay officials and residents in various barangays. Communities with the most number of dengue cases were prioritized.

“Our goal is to ensure that our citywide anti-mosquito protective measures are implemented and enforced, while also educating all residents to encourage personal protection,” said Belmonte.

Under the search and destroy strategy, the entire community works together in identifying and destroying all potential dengue mosquito breeding sites, such as discarded tins, bottles, broken flower pots, and used tires.

Aside from this, QCHD Chief Dr. Esperanza Arias also encourages all residents to follow the three other protocols of 4s namely: Secure Self-Protection Measures like wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; Support fogging or spraying only in hotspot areas; and Seek early consultation.

Arias said residents who are experiencing sudden onset of fever of 2 to 7 days, plus two of the following symptoms: headache, body weakness, joint and muscle pains, pain behind the eyes, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes should go to the nearest health center to seek consultation.

“We made rapid dengue diagnostic kits available in all our health centers to ensure that all cases are screened and managed appropriately. Early detection and access to appropriate care reduces the likelihood of severe dengue or death,” said Arias.

According to data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU), a total of 1,098 Dengue cases were reported from January 1 to July 21, 2022. This is 573 cases or 109.14 percent higher compared to the same period last year.