Thursday, 09 June 2011 13:03
The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated its call to the public to continue the anti-dengue efforts as it reported a total of 24,570 cases with 151 deaths from January to May 28, this year.
The DOH also reported a close monitoring of clustering or the present of three or more cases in a barangay for the past four consecutive weeks of dengue in Metro Manila and several areas in the country.
The DOH reports came as it observes June as Dengue Awareness Month. This year's theme is "Eskwelahan, Simbahan, Barangay, Palengke at Buong Komunidad, Sama-Sama Nating Sugpuin ang Dengue."
The DOH latest report showed that the number of dengue cases during the first months of this year is 1.13 percent lower compared to the same period in 2010. Reported deaths this year are also lower to 191 last year.
According to the DOH surveillance report, most of the dengue cases came from the National Capital Region (NCR), 6,957; Region III, 4,470, and Region IV-A, 3,674.
In NCR, Quezon City had the most number of cases with 1,873 followed by Manila, 816; Kalookan, 786; Pasig, 595; Valenzuela, 482, Paranaque, 409; Taguig, 353; Malabon,292; Navotas, 244; Las Pinas, 229; Pasay, 208; Mandaluyong, 165; Makati, 136; Muntinlupa, 134; San Juan,109; Marikina, 107; and Pateros, 19.
Apart from Metro Manila, the clustering of dengue cases were also observed in some parts of La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Laguna, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and General Santos City.
The DOH has been advocating the 4S Kontra Dengue strategy. This includes Search and Destroy, Seek early consultation, Self-protective measures and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.
Dr. Lyndon Leesuy, DOH program manager on dengue and infectious diseases, said people should also make sure their surroundings are clean and that breeding areas of mosquitoes — stagnant water in refrigerator containers, dish drainers, flower vases, and gutters -- should be removed.
Aedes Aegyti mosquito, the dengue carrier, can breed even in a very small receptacles like coconut husks or empty bottles. (PNA/PIA9-BST)
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