SAGBAYAN, Bohol – It appeared that the mosquito-borne Dengue in this interior town has worsened as evidenced by the increased number of cases.
Dengue cases of this town alone, where an outbreak was being declared last month, now 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 has 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 Ja-Aug 15 period, posted 57 cases in Jan-Sept 5 peiod; 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.
Earlier, the Central elementary school of this town lack hygiene that may be the breeding ground of the dreaded dengue ailment that caused the outbreak recently, said the Bantay Bayan Foundation Inc. Bohol chapter.
The foundation had just extended a big help in cleaning the premises of public schools here recently, said Jun Gutierrez, one of foundation’s directors said in interview. He said that probably cleaning of the school premises was not carried out effectively because of the on-going rehabilitation of the school that was affected by the 2013 earthquake.
The foundation has been pitching support and help to community in distress in the aftermath of calamities as part of its avowed humanitarian efforts.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot yesterday said for the nth timw call on the 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.
Report said that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has been affected by dengue and is now being treated. And just yesterday Vice-President Binay said his eldest grandchild and son of Sen. Nancy Binay Boogie “has also fallen ill with dengue fever and is undergoing treatment.” (rvo)