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)