CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The number of dengue cases in the city for the first five months this year has decreased as compared to the same period in 2020.
Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya, City Health Office resident epidemiologist, said from January to May 2021, the city recorded 244 dengue cases or “twice lower” compared to 565 last year.
About 19 dengue cases have been recorded in June based on the reports from different hospitals. In the same month last year, the city had 36 cases.
Despite the decrease in cases, Retuya appealed to the public to maintain the strategies against the disease.
“We have low (dengue) cases but it doesn’t mean we would not take care as well as the necessary strategies. With the strategies we had made for the past two years, we can see that the cases went down,” he said.
He also noted the possibility of conducting dengue testing in village health centers but this might be delayed as everyone is focused on the COVID-19 response.
“Everyone is focused on COVID-19 response. That is why some of the services from villages, I’ll have to admit, that we cannot attend because even during weekends, we are at vaccination centers,” Retuya said.