Dengue cases down in Taguig
Manila (16 September) -- The Taguig City Health Department (TCHD) has recorded a slight dip in the number of dengue cases in the city during the first three quarters of the year compared to the same period last year, according to the report furnished to the Office of Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.
Based on data gathered from local hospitals and health centers, a total of 371 dengue cases have been recorded from 28 barangays of Taguig between January 1 and September 8, 2010, a slight drop compared to 387 cases in the same period last year.
The 371 recorded dengue cases are broken down to as follows: 124 confirmed cases; 163 suspected cases and 84 probable cases. Among the barangays in Taguig, Wester Bicutan had the most cases, with 96, followed by Upper Bicutan (41) and South Signal (32).
In spite of the slight drop in dengue cases for this year, Mayor Cayetano wants a pro-active campaign against dengue to continue as she directed the barangay health volunteers and social workers to practice the "four o'clock habit" initiated by the Department of Health in which communities are requested to diligently clean their surroundings and remove breeding grounds of mosquito.
"We are constantly in support of the health programs of the national government, like that of the fight against dengue, and so we want to implement them effectively in our locality," Cayetano said.
Cayetano said the City Health Department is continuing its anti-dengue education campaign in schools and communities, as well as the barangay cleanup drive which aims to identify high risk areas and eliminate the breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
On Tuesday, representatives from all 28 barangays in Taguig met with city health officials in order to update themselves on the new cases of dengue as well as the ongoing efforts in curbing the spread of the disease at the barangay level.
TCHD Chief Dr. Isaias Ramos said majority of the affected dengue patients have already recovered and are back to normal activities.
Despite the comparative drop of four percent in dengue incidence in the first nine months of this year, there is still an ongoing surge of local dengue cases, which stood at only 96 at the end of June. The number has since quadrupled.
Ramos claimed that it was normal for dengue incidence to shoot up during the second half of the year or when typhoons start entering the country.
"July is the peak season. It's but normal for (dengue) cases to increase when the rainy season comes in," Ramos said.
Three individuals, all minors, have died of dengue so far this year. The fatalities were identified as John Ray Federico, four (died January 8, 2010); Lita Calimag, 10 (September 2, 2010), both of Western Bicutan and Shahniemer Gusto, eight, of Maharlika Village (September 7, 2010).
There were six dengue deaths in Taguig in 2009. (PIA-MMIO) [top]