DOH alarmed by 23.5% increase in number this year
By GELYKA RUTH R. DUMARAOS
THE Department of Health (DOH) reported that dengue cases are nearing the 100,000 mark.
The DOH’s National Epidemiology Center has already recorded 92,807 dengue cases across the country from January 1 to September 19.
This rate is 23.5 percent higher than last year’s 75,117 cases registered during the same period.
In Central Luzon, there were 14, 127 dengue cases, which makes the region the highest among others. It was followed by Calabarzon with 14,082, National Capital Region (NCR) with 10,385, and Ilocos region with 8,136.
Meanwhile Northern Mindanao has listed 6,451 dengue cases, while Cagayan Valley has 5,677 and Soccsksargen with 5,552.
DOH records also revealed that Cagayan Valley increased its dengue cases from last year by 176 percent while Cordillera Administrative Region has gone up to 164 percent.
In Metro Manila, there has been an increase by 156 percent, Central Luzon with 119 percent, and Calabarzon with 95 percent.
In Ilocos, a 91 percent increase was recorded, while Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Central Visayas recorded 41 percent and 13 percent respectively.
The fast-0rising number of dengue cases in the province of Bulacen and in Cavite has prompt the local government to declare a state of calamity.
However, it was observed that this year’s death toll of 269 death tolls was lower than the 316 cases in 2014.
Heightened dengue campaign
Recently, DOH, together with Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government of Quezon City, launched the Anti-Dengue Advocacy Campaign in Quezon City.
The campaign aims to heightened dengue awareness in schools and in communities as it highlights the use of Insecticide Treated Screens (ITS).
According to Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin, DOH will distribute 10,000 ITS rolls to selected public elementary schools nationwide as part of their intensified action in preventing and controlling dengue.
“Dengue prevention should start from each and everyone. Make 4S a habit and participate in the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue activities in our community,” she said. “Together, let us fight and eliminate dengue-carrying mosquitoes and protect our families, friends, and loved ones against dengue.”
Vital Signs Issue 80 Vol. 4, October 1-31 2015