By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) said that more than 44,000 dengue cases have been reported nationwide this year.
Based on the recent data of DOH- Epidemiology Bureau, there are already 44,566 dengue cases, including 167 deaths reported from January 1 to March 9.
The figure is higher compared to the 26, 408 dengue cases reported during the same period last year.
Central Visayas was found to have had the most number of cases with 4,956; followed by National Capital Region (NCR) with 4,604; Calabarzon with 4,559; and Caraga with 4,350.
The most number of deaths due to dengue was recorded in Central Visayas with 32; followed by Cagayan Valley with 19; NCR with 17; Western Visayas with 16; and Calabarzon with 15.
The health department recently renewed its call to the public to prevent dengue by implementing the 4S strategy in their households.
The 4S strategy consists of “Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites, Secure self-protection, Seek early consultation, and Support fogging/spraying to prevent an impending outbreak.”