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PIA Press Release
2010/06/19

Ifugao health office raises alarm on dengue

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (19 June) -- The Ifugao Provincial Health Office(IPHO) raised alarm over dengue fever in the where 209 people in the province have been affected so far this year.

Carmen Nabejet of the IPHO said that the number of cases was recorded from January 1 to June 13 with two deaths. As of now there are 19 dengue cases admitted in the Ifugao General Hospital," she bared.

The municipality of Kiangan has the highest number of cases at s 87 followed by Lagawe and Hungduan with 30 each. Banaue recorded 18 cases; Hingyon ? 16; Lamut ? 9; Asipulo - 3 and Tinoc -2."

Nabejet informed that all stakeholders such as the municipal health offices, barangay officials have step up the campaign to urge residents to clean up their homes and environment. They are closely monitoring their areas and reminding the public to clean their surroundings.

"We urge the public to get rid of anything that can become breeding sites for mosquitoes. This is the best way to fight dengue," Nabejet said.

Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by a mosquito called Aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus. The said disease is common during the rainy season.

With the opening of classes, the Health Department is advising the pupils and the public to wear long sleeves; apply off lotion; put up mosquito nets when kids or babies sleep during daytime, continue cleaning the surroundings and strengthen the organized little league brigade in the different schools. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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