by Sheila Covarrubias
The City Health Office aggressively intensifies its intensifies its anti-dengue drive despite the marked reduction in the number of cases registered during the first 6 months of 2015 as compared previous years’ records. From January 1 to June 28, 2015, the CHO recorded a total of 744 dengue cases with 7 fatalities. In 2014, a total of 5,604 cases were registered while in 2013 there were a total of 4,811 cases.
The ten barangays with highest number of dengue cases registered from January to June this year are Sta. Maria with 49 cases, Pasonanca- 48 cases, Calarian- 47 cases, Tetuan – 47 cases, Tumaga- 37 cases, Divisoria- 30 cases, San Roque- 28 cases, Sta. Catalina- 27 cases, Tugbungan – 27 cases, Putik- 26 cases, Baliwasan – 24 cases and Talon-talon- 23 cases.
Dengue fatalities however were registered in Labuan – 2 cases and in Sinunuc, San Jose, Tumaga, Bolong and Lunzuran with one case each.
Among the anti-dengue campaigns continuously undertaken by CHO are information advocacies, massive clean-up drives and the dengue Summit recently held as highlight activity for the observance of Dengue Awareness Month.
City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said the advocacy campaign on the prevention and control of dengue cases should be intensified with the onset of the rainy season.
Agbulos said the marked decrease in the number of cases should not be a reason for complacency as a lull in the campaign might cause the case to soar anew.
Nevertheless, he said, cleanliness in one’s self, in the surroundings is key to prevention and control of dengue fever cases, which is caused by the dengue carrier mosquitoes. — Sheila Covarrubias