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PIA Press Release
2006/10/05

Dengue cases down in Capiz due to community support

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (5 October) -- Despite the onset of the rainy season and the floods brought about by various typhoons that hit the country recently, dengue cases in Capiz remain insignificant in number.

Records from the Provincial Health Office here showed that as of September 25 this year, there are only 33 cases covering the 16 towns including Roxas City.

Engineer Jane Delos Reyes, Sanitary Inspector of the province, said that the number of dengue cases this year is far lower that those recorded during the same period last year.

Delos Reyes stressed that the significant decline in the cases of said disease is due to the increased awareness and vigilance of the communities, including the school.

In August this year, only 3 dengue cases were recorded by the PHO and 5 cases for the period of September 1 to 25.

She said that despite lower incidence of dengue in the province, households, including the schools are still encouraged to continue the observance of proper cleanliness and environmental sanitation.

Dengue-carrying mosquitoes not only breed in clean and stagnant waters like those in the flower vases, gutter, undiscarded bottles and old tires but also in garden plants like bromeliads, a pineapple-like plants that store rainwater in the plants' center, Delos Reyes said.

As the government ensures that good health for all people is always a top concern, the anti-dengue drive remains a high priority, as the Department of Health, and local officials are stepping up anti-pollution and cleanliness campaigns. The government is working to integrate cleanliness and hygiene as part of the Filipino life through grassroots education correlating pollution with diseases, Malacaņang said.

Aside from being prepared for dengue cases this rainy season, health officials are on alert to make sure to immediately and properly address the warning of the Word Health Organization (WHO) on the possible Hepatitis outbreak. (PIA) [top]

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