DIPOLOG CITY: Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose from 1,145 in 2018 to 2,767 from January to April this year, a 142-percent increase, a Department of Health (DoH)-Region 9 official said.
John Go, health education officer of the DoH Regional Research Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said during a media forum at Mibang Hotel here that the highest rise in dengue cases was in Zamboanga Sibugay — from 82 in 2018 to 426 cases during the first four months of 2019.
Dipolog City, whose Corazon Aquino Memorial Provincial Hospital in Barangay Sicayab covers most parts of Zamboanga del Norte, recorded 209 dengue patients, mostly children aged 1-11.
Because of the sharp increase in dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula, Go appealed to local residents to always follow the 4S in helping combat the disease.
The 4S, he said, entails, “Search[ing] and destroy[ing] mosquito breeding places; tak[ing] Self-protection measures by using mosquito repellent or wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts or protective clothing; Seek[ing] early consultation; and Support[ing] fogging/spraying of places where mosquitoes usually breed.