BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) has reported that dengue cases in the region has risen, prompting it to renew its call on the public to destroy possible mosquito breeding sites.
Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, DOH Cordillera regional director, reported a total of 2,383 dengue cases from January to August 8, which is a 103-percent jump compared to the recorded cases during the same period last year.
Based on the DOH Surveillance Report, the increase in cases was noted in all the six provinces in the region, including Baguio City.
In terms of most number of cases, Benguet recorded the highest with 544, followed by Baguio City with 332, Mountain Province (314), Ifugao (289), Kalinga (276), Apayao (252) and Abra (85).
There were also 291 dengue patients from outside the region that were recorded and treated in Cordillera hospitals.
Three dengue-related deaths have been recorded in the Cordillera (San Jose, Luna, Apayao) and in Region II (Rosario, La Union and Cervantes, Ilocos Sur).
Pangilinan reminded local government units (LGUs), barangay (village) officials and the public of the “Search and Destroy” advocacy against dengue that involves getting rid of or cleaning of all possible mosquito breeding sites in communities .
But one good news is that one municipality, Pinukpuk, has no reported dengue cases as the LGUs and the community initiated an anti-dengue campaign as early as February of this year.
“Dengue usually peaks during the rainy season but if we ensure to implement search and destroy campaigns such as the Operation:’Taob’ and the 4’O Clock Habit against Dengue, we can minimize, if not eradicate, the threat,” Pangilinan said.