Dengue cases decrease in Caraga region

Published April 23, 2018, 11:09 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY– Cases of deadly mosquito bites have decreased in Caraga region, health authorities said.

(photo by Pixabay) Manila Bulletin
(photo by Pixabay) Manila Bulletin

According to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga region, there were 8,099 cases recorded in the whole year of 2016 while only 2, 634 were registered in year 2017.

In April 17, also this year, only three cases were registered while 165 cases were recorded in that same month last year, the DOH 13 said.

Only one reported death from January 1 to April 17 this year while six recorded deaths in the same period last year, it said.

DOH 13-RESU reported no identified as hotspot for dengue, reflecting its downward trend across the region.

“Our continuing awareness program and also the effort of various officials of the different local government units make this significant downtrend of dengue cases in the region,” said DOH 13 regional director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna Jr., during a media forum held on Thursday.

The region’s health chief added that the agency will continue its intensified anti-dengue campaign, such as the Aksyon Barangay Kalaban sa Dengue (ABKD), the four o’clock habit, encouragement of report to the nearest disease reporting unit of any suspected dengue cases, cleanliness and other measures.

“Dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases may be prevented through the ‘4s campaign’—search and destroy mosquito breeding places; use self-protection measures; seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days; and say no to indiscriminate fogging,” Llacuna said. He urged everyone to clean their respective surroundings and encouraged parents to immediately consult early if their child has been experiencing fever for two days.