CHO launches renewed drive against dengue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:28

The local government through the City Health Office continues to intensify its anti-dengue campaign.

This, after 326 new dengue cases were reported in the month of June alone, bringing the total count to 1,966 since January of this year.

Barangay Tetuan registered the most number of incidence last month with 26, followed closely by Sinunuc and Tumaga at 21 cases each.

Other barangays with high dengue incidence are Talon-Talon (18), Sta. Maria (17), Guiwan (16), Mampang (13), San Roque (13), Sangali (12) and Zambowood (11).

According to Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea of CHO’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, the city’s dengue outbreak level has remained in place despite an occasional dip in the frequency of cases.

Of the 1,966 dengue cases logged this year, 162 of the victims were from Tetuan while 152 came from Sta. Maria.    Other vulnerable barangays are Putik, Sangali, Talon-Talon, Sta. Catalina, Guiwan, Calarian, Tumaga and San Roque.

A total of 22 dengue-related deaths have also been recorded for the first half of the year.

Dr. Dagalea reiterated her appeal to the public to cooperate and participate in the city’s contra-dengue drive by maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings and destroying the places where dengue-carrying mosquitoes thrive and propagate.

For its part, the Department of Health has sought the help of barangay officials. In a memorandum released on May 8, the department recognized barangay officials as the closest group to reach the households.

To this end, the department revitalized its “4-O’clock habit” anti-dengue campaign strategy. First adopted in 1996, the strategy encouraged community members to search and destroy mosquito breeding places every 4:00 pm. — Claudine Uniana