BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH CAR) reported an increase of suspected dengue cases from January 1 to June 1, 2019 compared to the same period last year.
This year, 2,025 cases were reported compared to 1,320 last year during the first six months starting January 1. The provinces noted to exceed epidemic or alert threshold were Benguet, Apayao, Ifugao and Mountain Province.
“Ito ay pwede nating mamanage, ma-eliminate at maiwasan,” DOH-CAR Center for Health Development Entomologist III Alexander P. Baday said.
He also said that this can be done by destroying the places where the mosquitoes live, like flipping over empty containers; self-protection; wearing long-sleeved garments; putting on boots when going to places where mosquitoes stay; seeking early consultation if fever develops; and fogging during outbreaks.
He also announced that the ASEAN Dengue Day was celebrated and observed with the theme “End dengue, starts with me”.
Dengue is caused by mosquito bites that can lead to death. Dengue cases usually increase during rainy season and may be widespread if not prevented.
“Each one in their own capacity and ability, mayroon po tayong maitulong sa pagsugpo ng dengue, have an initiative in participating our anti-dengue activity like yung Action Barangay Dengue community project, tayo pong lahat ay makilahok,” Baday said.
Meanwhile, Baguio City Health Services Office Medical Officer IV Donnabel Tubera said that we should not let mosquitoes have their home.
She also said that it is simple, preventable and doable with the community’s concerted effort. “Kung walang bahay ang isang lamok, wala siyang pangingitlugan”, Tubera said.
Lina Sotelo, UC Intern/ABN