Dengue death toll climbs to 12 — CHO PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:11

Another child from the Dacon Homes in Recodo died of dengue yesterday, bringing to 12 the death toll of the dengue hemorrhagic fever since an outbreak was declared in Zamboanga City last May 10.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos announced this yesterday, saying that for this month of May alone three children have died of dengue— May 9 in Latap, May 10 in Tumaga and May 21 in Recodo.

CHO record also showed that the Dacon Homes in Recodo has so far registered 5 deaths since March 6.

It can be recalled that Mayor Lobregat upon the recommendation of CHO declared an outbreak of the deadly disease last May 10 in the city following the reported 774 dengue cases with 9 fatalities from January 1 to April 30, this year. Massive cleanup has already been conducted in all barangays.

Meanwhile, Dr. Agbulos told teachers and students of Zamboanga City High School Main during their Brigada Eskwela activity yesterday that Zamboanga City has had four dengue outbreaks over the past nine years.

“Many things have been done hoping that the outbreaks will no longer come back, until May 10, 2012 the mayor once again declared dengue outbreak in our city that we love most,” Agbulos said, citing the present statistics of almost 900 cases since January with 12 deaths (as of yesterday) and counting.

Aside from dengue, the city health officer said, Zamboanga City is faced with another scourge, the HIV-AIDS, of which the Philippines has registered the highest number of cases (300 cases) in March 2012.

“Actually, all these are attributed to many reasons that we sometimes cannot even explain. The important thing that we have to do now is to be very vigilant and concentrate on the basics,” he told the ZCHS Main teachers and students headed by their principal Dr. Feliza Munar.

Dr. Agbulos likewise called on the ZCHS Main teachers and students to practice appropriate hygiene behavior in school, stressing that the availability of clean water and sanitation facilities allow people to transform intention to change into real change. — Vic Larato