DOH calls for continuous vigilance vs dengue despite downward trend
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (25 September) -- Dengue cases throughout the region have been steadily going down over the last four weeks but the Department of Health (DOH-CAR) warns that it is no time to be complacent.
Dengue Coordinator, Dr. Alexei Marrero stressed that despite the downward trend, there is no time to be complacent as he urged all local government units in partnership with the communities to sustain their search and destroy operations of possible mosquito breeding grounds.
'Hopefully this trend will continue. Though dapat tuloy-tuloy ang search and destroy operation. We should help each other to completely fight dengue. There must be a shared responsibility from the health sector, other concerned government agencies, local government units and more importantly, by the community,' Dr Marrero said.
According to Marrero, there is a noted increase in dengue cases in the region this year. DOH records show that from January up to September 18, or Morbidity Weeks 1-37, 4565 cases of dengue were recorded or more than twice the 1,502 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Per province breakdown, Abra has 109 cases from 36 last year ; Apayao recorded 158 (from 85); Benguet increased to 906 (from 153); Ifugao has 833 (from 241); Kalinga, 845 (630) and Mt. Province, 533 from 78 last year.
Cases from outside Cordillera but treated in the different hospitals in the region also rose to 143 from 42 last year.
Baguio City recorded the biggest increase with dengue cases now stand at 1,042 compared to 153 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Marrero also reported that for Morbidity Week 37 for Baguio City, Dengue Hot Spots with noted clustering of dengue cases are Bakakeng Norte, Cabinet Hill, Camp 7, Irisan, Kias and Loakan Proper.
For Benguet, Poblacion and Barangay Tabio in Mankayan; Ucab in Itogon; and Balili, Puguis, Cruz, Lubas, Pico, Poblacion and Tawang in La Trinidad. Poblacion Bontoc, Mt Province is also noted as a dengue hot spot.
Marrero stressed that the Health Department is continuously implementing its anti dengue programs and on advocating to the different LGUs the importance of mobilizing the community in the fight against dengue. (PIA) [top]