DOH urges intensified cleanup as dengue cases up 153% in Western Visayas

June 18, 2016 2:12 am 

ILOILO CITY, June 17 -– The Department of Health (DOH) here is calling for stepped up cleanup drive as dengue cases continue to increase in Western Visayas with 3,653 cases and eight deaths as of the 23rd morbidity week.

DOH 6 entomologist Ma. Lourdes Montero said that their monitoring during the 23rd morbidity week that covers January up to the June 23, 2016 period showed a 153 percent increase in cases when compared with the same period last year when 1,446 cases and three deaths were recorded.

The highest cases are recorded in Iloilo province with 1,035 followed by Negros Occidental with 929.

Meanwhile, 369 cases were recorded in Aklan; 311 in Antique; 522, Capiz; 81, Guimaras; Iloilo City, 270; Bacolod City, 125 and 11 others, which refer to patients coming from other regions.

Four deaths are from towns of Anilao, Igbaras and Sta. Barbara in Iloilo; Iloilo City and another four are from Negros Occidental.

Montero added that clustering of cases has already been monitored in barangays Cabanga-an in Badiangan town; Ipil, Calinog; Poblacion, Concepcion; Poblacion SE Zone in Lemery and Cabugao Norte in Sta. Barbara.

Dr. Rose Marie T. Lamirez, dengue coordinator, said that DOH has been promoting the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) campaign to reinforce cleanup drive against dengue.

The ABKD is composed of the regular daily cleanup drive, rapid assessment by health offices of local government units and regional offices of DOH, tri-media campaign and fogging operation in hotspot areas as directed by the regional message.

It also pushes the standard 4S message that stands for search and destroy breeding sites, self-protection, seek early advise at nearest health center and say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak.

Meantime, Dr. Elvie Villalobos, head of the infectious and environmental health cluster of DOH urged the public to never substitute the cleanup drive with vaccine.

He cited that based on a study the vaccine only assures the person 65 percent of not being able to get sick with dengue. Around 80 percent of the remaining 35 percent will prevent you from being hospitalized and the remaining 20 percent will protect you from obtaining severe form of dengue.

The vaccine was made available for free by the government to school children of three regions in the country with highest cases of dengue.

The rest of the country may avail of the vaccine from private medical doctors, which is prized close to PHP5,000. (PNA)

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