With the CNMI in the middle of the rainy season, the Commonwealth Health Care Corp. continues to be on the lookout for any occurrence or outbreak of dengue fever, according to a CHCC official.
Warren Villagomez, Public Health and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program director, told Saipan Tribune yesterday that the PHEPP is coordinating with CHCC’s Bureau of Environmental Health to maintain the corporation’s vigilance against any incidence of dengue fever.
Citing the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, Villagomez said that, based on the DPSHSS’ update for the entirety of last week, there has been no new cases of imported or local cases of the fever.
“This means that Guam is doing well in mitigating the [dengue] fever and that puts us in the CNMI in a better place,” he said.
He conceded that the rainy weather raises the presence of mosquitoes, but assured that CHCC remains vigilant, even if the possibility of the dengue virus in the CNMI remains low.
“With this current weather, we are refocusing our efforts to make sure that our surveillance monitoring activities are very active,” Villagomez said.
The BEH has been doing vector inspections, which deals with the inspection and removal of debris that could become breeding sites of pests, technically called “vectors.” Vectors include mosquitoes and rodents, as well as animals that carry diseases. The inspections are moving northward, starting in Koblerville, San Antonio, Afetna, and Chalan Kanoa.
CHCC encourages the public to “Fight the Bite” by taking actions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes and remove possible breeding sites for mosquitoes.