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DOH-Caraga reports drop in dengue cases

The Department of Health in Caraga has reported a steady decline in dengue cases for the six months of the year.

The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) said the region had a total of 1, 208 suspected cases of dengue from January 1 to June 23.

The figure, is 28.5 percent lower than the 1,485  suspected and confirmed cases in the same period of 2017, health authorities said.

Dr. Gerna Manatad, DOH assistant regional director for Caraga, said the decline was due to their intensive anti-dengue campaign.

Manatad noted the intensified anti-dengue campaign, such as the Aksyon Barangay Kalaban sa Dengue (ABKD), the four o’clock habit, encouragement of report to the nearest disease reporting unit of any suspected dengue cases, cleanliness and other measures, contributed to the continuous decrease of dengue cases.

“This is also the result of intensified control/reduction in the number of mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the dengue virus, community base/barangay base participation, support logistics and information materials for media and larvae/mosquito surveillance and monitoring and human surveillance with dengue cases,” Manatad said.

The local ordinances of LGUs, in relation to dengue prevention helped a lot in preventing the spread of dengue cases, she said.

Based on its latest report, the RESU said the number of recorded dengue deaths in January-May 2018 were only 3, compared with 6 in 2017 during the same period. By CLC

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