Dengue cases up in Maguindanao, down in ARMM, Region 12

July 14, 2015 5:28 am 

COTABATO CITY, July 13 — The dengue cases in Region 12 and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have dropped but rose in Maguindanao, health officials said.

In Maguindanao, four persons died due to dengue and more than 200 others were infected by the disease since January this year in the province, according to Dr. Tahir Sulaik, provincial health chief.

Sulaik said from January to June this year, four patients have been confirmed dead and 223 dengue cases were reported in Maguindanao's 36 municipalities.

Sulaik said the fatalities were from Shariff Aguak, Barira, Parang and Guindulungan. Shariff Aguak has 63 cases, the highest among the provinces.

He said this year's number of dengue cases is 100 percent higher than last year's, during the same period.

The rainy season could be one of the contributory factors, according to Sulaik, because the dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes develop and become adult and bite humans when rain comes in after a long dry season.

Maguindanao had just experienced a four-month dry.

Sulaik, also Maguindanao Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) chief, said another possible reason was the habit of Maguindanao villagers of stocking water in containers that were not properly covered. These become breeding grounds for dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes, he said.

Another cause of dengue is the unsanitary and murky environment in some Maguindanao residential areas.

But Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, regional health secretary for ARMM, the number of dengue cases in the region was lower this year, with about 660 cases, as compared to last year’s more than 1,200 cases during the first six months.

No casualty was reported in other provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, the four other provinces that comprise ARMM.

In Region 12, which includes the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Saranggani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong and Gen. Santos City, 2,366 cases were recorded by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of DOH-12 during the same period.

It was down by almost 300 cases recorded during the same period in 2014, the RESU said.

Four deaths were also reported, three in Sultan Kudarat and one in Saranggani province.

In a statement, Dr. Francisco Mateo, assistant health director for Region 12, said the decline could be attributed to the intensified campaign DOH have launched that increased awareness of the people.

Dengue, one of the highly preventable diseases in the country, is caused by Dengue virus, a mosquito-borne flavivirus. (PNA)

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