Dengue  Cases  in  South  Cotabato  up by 55%

Dengue Cases in South Cotabato up by 55%


KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr. 7 (PIA) —  Despite the  long  drought,  the  number of cases in South Cotabato has contunued to swell, according to an official of the Integrated Provincial Health Office  here.

Jose Barroquillo,  focal person on mosquito-borne  diseases,   reported that  from January 1  until April 2, South Cotabato  has documented  825  dengue cases.

“This is  55.4  percent higher  compared  to the  cases reported  in the same  period  last year,” Barroquillo said.  Last  year, the province only  recorded  531  cases.

Also  based on the report from the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the IPHO,   the province  has already documented six deaths  — 3 in Koronadal, 2 in Surallah and 1 in Banga —  due to the mosquito-borne  disease.

Of the  dengue  cases recorded,  206 were  accounted from Koronadal, followed  by Surallah (153), Banga (101), Tupi (95), Polomolok (83), Tboli (47),  Sto Nino (45), Tantangan (36), Norala (23), Lake Sebu (21) and  Tampakan (15).

Barroquillo  attributed  the increase to “some  gaps”  in  households.

“Because its El Nino,  some  households  store  water; but they  forget that  even  in drought water containers should be covered  because these are  favorite  breeding places (of   dengue virus-carrying  mosquitoes),” Barroquillo.

He added  that  even during  dry seasons,  families  should  maintain “search and  destroy” habit.

“Remember  Aegis egypti mosquitoes  are  artificial breeders. They do not  lay eggs in rivers. They  lay  eggs in water  containers  within the  households such spare tires, gallons,  everything  that could accumulate water.” he said.

In an earlier  interviews, Provincial  Health Officer Dr. Rogelio Aturdido  Jr. encouraged barangay  officials to  keep  “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue” (ABKD) a regular activity.

“ABKD remains the most effective  means to  control dengue  fever,” Dr. Aturdido, repeatedly  emphasized. “Even the  anti-dengue vaccination  being   implemented  by the Department of Health   is not as effective as communities  seeking and destroying  mosquito breeding places.” (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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