TAGBILARAN CITY – The Provincial Health Office through Dr. Reymoses A. Cabagnot said that there were already 12 deaths in 2,339 Dengue cases as of Nov. 7, 2015. The surge of mosquito-borne ailment has already surpassed last year’s number of cases, Cabagnot said in an interview yesterday. But the the situation in Sagbayan, where Dengue surge was recorded earlier, has lessened the cases, he said.
It will be recalled that a total of 201 cases of dengue in Sagbayan town has been documented, PHO said. Dengue cases of this town, where an outbreak was being declared, reached record-high of 165 with one death during the January 1-Sept. 5, 2015 period. This is higher than 117 cases from January-August 15, 2015 period or an increase of 48 cases in just 20 days, Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) data showed.
The data still placed this town at the top, even surpassing Tagbilaran City that came second in top ten towns with double digit cases during the same period.
The RESU data that carried Dengue Current Situation also showed a total of 1,018 cases and 7 deaths in the entire province as reported by disease reporting unit (DRUs) during the same period.
“This is 33.77% higher compared to the same period last year with 761 cases, 3 deaths.” Affected by the mosquito-borne disease are those ranged from three months old to 87 years old; most of those affected were 6 to 10 age group, RESU said.
Tagbilaran City’s cases have risen from 98 to 132 with one death; Carmen, from 38 to 54; Jagna, from 43 to 51; Garcia-Hernandez, from 27 to 32; Tubigon, from 25 to 31; Dauis, from 27 to 31 wth one death; and Guindulman, from 26 to 30.
Calape, which was not listed as among the top ten during Jan-Aug 15 period, posted 57 cases in Jan-Sept 5 period; and Inabanga, 30.
During the period Jan-Sept. 5 of last year, the top ten are the following: Tagbilaran City, 181; Dauis, 62; Carmen, 37; Jagna, 36; Talibon, 31; Guindulman, 28; Loon, 28; Cortes, 19; Garcia-Hernandez, 19; and Panglao, 18.
Cabagnot reiterated the call on for the nth time fight against dengue, saying that keeping the surroundings clean and dry stagnant water in containers, especially this rainy season must be the concern of everybody.
Nobody is safe from dengue, Cabagnot said, adding that cleaning the surroundings is one of the preventive measures. (rvo)