By Betheena Unite
Filipinos must take advantage of the general community quarantine to clean their surroundings to prevent the surge of dengue in the time of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) urged Tuesday.
While dengue cases in the country continue to decline compared to last year’s record, the public and local government units were advised not to let their guards down against the disease, especially now that the country is suffering from an equally deadly disease.
“Upang matugunan ang dengue sa gitna ng pandemya, pinapaalalahan ng DOH ang LGUs (local government units), tulad ng paglabas ng tamang anunsyo. Siguradong handa ang hospital at health center (In order to respond against dengue amid the pandemic, the DOH is reminding LGUs to release correct announcements. Ensure the preparedness of hospitals and health centers),” Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, director IV of Disease Prevention and Control Bureau of the DOH, said.
“Ang general community quarantine ay pagkakataaon na linisin ang loob at labas ng bahay (The general community quarantine is an opportunity to clean the house and its surroundings),” Arevalo added.
Recent data from the department’s Epidemiology Bureau showed that a total of 210 dengue cases were reported from May 24 to 30. This is 94 percent lower compared to the 3,755 reported cases in the same period last year.
During the same period in 2019, a total of 20 deaths due to dengue were recorded while one death was reported within the period this year.
At present, a cumulative total of 50,169 dengue cases has been reported from January 1 to May 30. It is 46 percent lower compared to the 92,808 cases of the same period in 2019.
As of May 30, a total of 173 patients died due to dengue, lower than last year’s 452 death toll from January to May.
Arevalo said the 4S method– search and destroy, seek early consultation, self-protection measures, and say yes to fogging in hotspots areas– remains to be the most effective way to prevent the spread of dengue.
The public was also reminded to continue taking precautionary measures against COVID-19 if visiting health centers and hospitals for check up when they feel symptoms of dengue.