Dengue down by 75% in Pangasinan

November 8, 2014 5:01 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Nov. 7 — Dengue cases in Pangasinan significantly decreased by 75 percent from January to November 3 this year as compared to last year's for the same period, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported.

Dr. Anna De Guzman, provincial health officer, said there were 2,068 cases registered for the last 10 months this year as compared to 8,327 cases for the same comparative period last year.

The report stated that deaths due to dengue also significantly went down from 34 last year to four this year.

De Guzman attributed the decrease in dengue cases to the fact that communities are now more aware and cooperative in undertaking preemptive measures.

At the same time, majority of the children in the province from five years old below are now immune from measles and polio based on the mass immunization conducted by the provincial health office (PHO) in partnership with Department of Health and local government units last September.

The mass vaccination against measles rubella reached about 90.92 percent or 288,118 of the 316,896 aged 9-59 months beyond the DOH target of 90 percent, said Provincial Health Officer De. Anna de Guzman.

On the other hand, oral polio vaccines have been given to 87.6 percent or 325,876 of the total 372,011 kids aged 0-59 months in the province.

The Philippines remains polio-free since 2000, said De Guzman, adding that the vaccines have 85 percent immunization effect to the recipients.

She also disclosed the children who failed to take this mass vaccination campaign were mainly due to the kids' religion and certain health conditions. (PNA)

LAP/LVM/JM/RMA/SGP

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