Dengue cases, soar — CHO PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:32

The City Health Office (CHO) reported a staggering increase in the number of dengue cases for the month of June which encompassed the number reported June of last year.

In a press briefing in City Hall yesterday, City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos reported a total of 448 dengue cases for the month of June this year which is more than half to that of June last year  which registered 379 cases.

Agbulos also reported the dengue-related mortality rate during the said press conference.“We have had registered already, from January up to this time, 13 deaths. And only from the month of May, we have registered six (6) deaths.”

The City Health officer underscored that due to the clean-up and fumigation efforts in several barangays, the CHO reported only one (1) death for the month of June.

Agbulos’ report includes the top barangays with dengue fevers in the city. The following were ranked based on the frequency of dengue fevers reported in the said barangays.

Talon-Talon (123 cases), Tugbungan (113 cases), Tetuan (95 cases), Tumaga (86 cases), Rio Hondo (66 cases), Putik (65 cases), Santa Catalina (58 cases), San Roque (57 cases), Ayala (56 cases) and Santa Maria (52 cases).

Given these figures, Agbulos clarified that the city is still far from outbreak level.

“We are in the alert level. We haven’t reached the outbreak level, yet. And we really hope we’ll not reach that level.” He said.

Agbulos said this year is supposed to be an epidemic year wherein outbreaks are supposed to be prevalent.

“Based on the trend of the Department of Health, epidemics and outbreaks usually occurs two years after the last outbreak.” Agbulos elaborated.

Agbulos said the CHO is expecting an outbreak this year that is why early as the month of April and May, they have already conducted clean-up drives on several barangays to prevent an increase the in the number of epidemic cases. The CHO is in constant partnership with the barangay officials in this drive.

Agbulos and the CHO are in the frontline in trying to reduce the dengue-related deaths in the city given that it’s his office’s responsibility. He said, “We continue to hope and pray that we will be able to stop and prevent more cases coming to the city for the month of July.” He finished. — Juseph G. Elas-WMSU OJT