DENGUE cases in Makati City have significantly decreased during
the first nine months of 2013, according to city health officials.
The Makati Health Department (MHD) has reported a reduction of 56.8 percent in the number of dengue cases during the period, representing 258 cases from January 1 to September 30 this year. There were 597 cases reported in the same period in 2012.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay attributed the decrease of dengue cases in the “synchronized and persistent” efforts of various sectors in the promotion of dengue-free communities in the city.
“We owe this remarkable success in our citywide dengue prevention and control program in Makati to the steadfast commitment of our frontline city agencies and partners in the barangays and schools, the private sector and the national government,” he added.
The mayor cited the hardworking officials and personnel of the MHD and its partners, including the Department of Environmental Services (DES) and Liga ng mga Barangay at the local level, and the Department of Education-Makati (DepEd-Makati), Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
“Our residents also deserve praise for their cooperation and support to initiatives being implemented to keep their families and neighborhood safe from dengue,” Binay said.
Since 2011, the said agencies have been engaged in active collaboration for dengue prevention in the city’s villages, schools, public facilities and workplaces.
Their activities include sustained clean-up operations in households, classrooms and school grounds, playgrounds and waterways.
According to the latest report from MHD, the bulk of the 258 dengue cases as of September 30 was reported by the Ospital ng Makati with 227 cases, including the lone fatality from dengue hemorrhagic fever to date—a five-year old girl from Barangay West Rembo. Last year, the city recorded six deaths from dengue.
The other reported cases came from the Makati Medical Center, Santa Ana Hospital, Saint Lukes Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, San Juan de Dios Hospital, Manila Doctors, Medical City, and Pasay General Hospital. MHD records show that the ages of dengue patients ranged from 11 months to 60 years, with the most affected age group being 11 years to 20 years, or from pre-teens to young adults.
Teams composed of barangay and city officials, school officials, faculty, parents, students and community workers, have been regularly setting up ovi-larvi traps in schools and strategic areas to effectively monitor the presence of Aedes mosquitoes and destroy breeding sites.
The DOST provides the ovi-larvi kits with natural larvicide pellets while DepEd-Makati, MHD and DOH monitor the project implementation. The MHD and DES have also been closely coordinating with Liga to ensure that dengue prevention and control measures, including the spraying of adulticide targeting adult dengue carriers in high-risk areas, are properly and safely carried out.