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Cavite Declared Under State of Calamity Due to Pertussis Outbreak

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In response to the alarming outbreak of pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) in the province, the Provincial Government of Cavite has declared a state of calamity. This resolution aims to mobilize resources and implement urgent measures to effectively combat the spread of the disease.

Background and Situation

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It primarily affects infants, young children, and unvaccinated individuals. The recent surge in cases has raised concerns among health authorities, prompting swift action.

As of March 27, 2024, the following cities and municipalities in Cavite have reported pertussis cases:

  1. City of Bacoor: 6 cases, with 1 fatality.
  2. City of Trece Martires: 6 cases.
  3. City of General Trias: 5 cases, including 2 fatalities.
  4. Municipality of General Mariano Alvarez: 4 cases.
  5. City of Carmona: 3 cases, with 1 fatality.
  6. Municipality of Silang: 3 cases.
  7. City of Dasmariñas: 2 cases.
  8. Municipality of Kawit: 2 cases.
  9. City of Imus: 2 cases, with 1 fatality.
  10. City of Cavite: 1 case.
  11. City of Tagaytay: 1 case.
  12. Municipality of General Emilio Aguinaldo: 1 case, with 1 fatality.

Resolution Details

The resolution, sponsored by Board Member Aidel Paul G. Belamide, chair of the Committee on Finance, Budget, and Appropriations, authorizes Board Member Juanito Victor C. Remulla, Provincial Governor of Cavite, to utilize PHP 40,000,000.00 from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the 2024 Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (PDRRMF). This allocation will be directed towards immediate response efforts, including medical supplies, vaccination campaigns, and public awareness programs.

Urgent Measures

  1. Enhanced Surveillance: Health authorities will intensify surveillance and contact tracing to identify and isolate affected individuals promptly.
  2. Vaccination Drives: Vaccination clinics will be set up across the province to ensure timely immunization.
  3. Public Awareness Campaigns: Information dissemination about pertussis symptoms, prevention, and treatment will be conducted through various channels.
  4. Healthcare Infrastructure: Additional resources will be allocated to healthcare facilities to manage the influx of patients.

The Provincial Government urges residents to remain vigilant, follow health guidelines, and seek medical attention if they experience symptoms such as severe coughing fits, especially in infants and young children.

With the declaration of a state of calamity, Cavite aims to mitigate the impact of the pertussis outbreak and protect its population. Collaboration among government agencies, healthcare providers, and the community is crucial in containing the spread of the disease.

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