ILOILO CITY – Health authorities have raised the alarm over the increase in dengue cases in Iloilo province which recorded 202 cases and five deaths in the first five months of the year.
According to the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), the number is 39.9 percent higher than in the same period last year which saw 148 cases and one casualty.
Of the 43 localities, the San Joaquin town has the most dengue cases with 40, followed by Guimbal town, which has 19 dengue cases and two casualties.
There are 17 dengue cases in Estancia town, 10 cases each in Tigbauan and Tubungan towns, nine cases in Miag-ao town, eight each in San Dionisio and Pototan towns.
There are seven cases each in the towns of Balasan, Carles and Oton.
“Let us cooperate and clean our surroundings. We don’t want another dengue outbreak,” appealed Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, IPHO chief.
The health chief was referring to the outbreak in 2019, wherein 22,000 people were infected by dengue with about 80 deaths.
To avoid a dengue outbreak, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. earlier launched a holistic anti-dengue program known as the ‘5S Strategy Kontra Dengue.’
Defensor said it supplements the DOH program of 4S—search and destroy; self-protection measures; seek early consultation, and support fogging or spraying.