Dengue cases rise during rainy season

BATOK DENGUE SUSTAINED DRIVE—City Health Officer Maria Sarah B. Talla spearheads the Kontra-Dengue information caravan along with the Department of Health to revitalize the campaign to minimize dengue cases in the barangays. The city has provided all the necessary funds and personnel to help the health workers keep their assigned communities on alert and resilient to the spread of dengue carrying mosquitoes. The recent Kontra-Dengue information caravan ended in the Candau-ay gymnasium and was attended by health care practitioners, residents and barangay officials.

Blame it on the weather, but studies show that dengue cases in Central Visayas and Dumaguete City have increased, especially during the wet season, thus all efforts are undertaken to ensure a more responsive, coordinated and enhanced campaign against the spread of dengue in the communities.

In Central Visayas, there are already 7, 363 dengue cases with 43 deaths from January 1 to May 4, 2019. This is 239% higher compared to the same period last year with 2, 172 cases and 41 deaths. Specifically, in Dumaguete there are 174 validated dengue cases with one reported fatality.

There are 268 dengue cases in 2017 with zero fatality compared to 380 cases with 4 deaths in 2018. The fatalities reside in Barangays Daro, Looc, Canday-ay and Poblacion 1.

Local health and barangay officials recently launched a Kontra-Dengue information drive as part of the enhanced campaign to educate the citizens on how to hunt and kill dengue carrying mosquitoes.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo expressed his full support to the campaign by providing the necessary funds, logistical support and supplies to the City Health Office led by Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla to minimize dengue cases in the barangays.

Talla said that they have already started distributing chemically treated window screens for public elementary schools and day care centers; continuous search and destroy activities of possible breeding grounds of dengue carrying mosquitoes; application of larvaecide to stagnant water; provision of mosquito repellent lotion to day care centers and public schools in time for the opening of classes; massive and sustained clean up drives in the barangays and distribution of IEC materials.

Prevention is the best defense considering that unlike other diseases there is still no vaccine against dengue up to the present.