With an alarming increase in the number of dengue cases, the city of Rodeio Bonito has decided to declare an emergency. The decision was taken on Wednesday afternoon (16), after a public hearing held in the city to discuss the measures to be taken in the face of the population.
The decree, signed by Mayor Paulo Duarte, is valid for 90 days, renewable for an equal period. The measure allows health workers and municipal employees to enter closed and abandoned houses or residences where owners refuse to receive employees, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. – they can be accompanied by a police authority, if necessary.
In the document, the municipal health department is also authorized to request personnel and materials from various government agencies or private entities to control mosquito outbreaks.
In the justification of the decree, the executive maintains that “a dengue fever epidemic jeopardizes the capacity to take care of health facilities, emergency services and hospitals”. In the document, the city also mentions that the combination of the covid-19 pandemic with the increase in dengue fever cases is forcing greater efforts.
At least 240 active cases
According to the prefecture, 548 cases of dengue fever have been recorded since January 6 – the figures were updated to late Wednesday afternoon. Of these, 240 are still active. The recordings took place in all regions of the municipality, mainly in the urban area. The estimated population for 2021 in Rodeio Bonito is 5,868. This means that 9.3% of residents have had or have dengue fever.
The town hall carries out several actions, such as joint efforts to guide and eliminate the epidemics of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and the application of insecticide – the extermination is carried out practically every day, in the streets where there are inhabitants who have been infected. Loud cars also passed through the streets, reinforcing the need to be careful with the patio and standing water. Residents are advised to use repellent daily.
City Health Secretary Daniela Strapazzon reports that residents are used to collecting rainwater, which is not recommended at this time. The problem is that, in some cases, the containers are not well sealed, which favors the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
This Saturday (19), volunteers will participate in a joint effort in the streets of the city, visiting homes, advising residents and eliminating possible mosquito breeding sites. Schools will also act with students.
The Central Zone Health Unit concentrates dengue fever care and testing – with this, demand has increased a lot over the past month. The infected were also receiving repellents, which have ended, but a new purchase has already been sent.
The state Department of Health (SES) surveillance committee reports 839 confirmed cases of dengue fever in the state in 2022, of which 752 are indigenous. However, the number is even higher since, in the state survey, Rodeio Bonito appears with only 278 records.
Source: Gaucha ZH