July 22, 2024

Dengue cases in Benguet from January to July this year decreased to 939 compared to 1,612 cases during the same period last year, according to Provincial Health Office Medical Specialist 1 Dr. Andrew Bacuso.

Of the 939 cases this year, La Trinidad recorded the highest cases with 240, followed by Itogon with 140, and Tuba with 103. One dengue-related death was  recorded in Itogon town.

In 2022, the province conducted heightened campaigns against dengue in the barangays and municipalities due to the spike in cases. 

Clustering of cases was monitored in Atok, Bokod, Buguias, Itogon, Kabayan, La Trinidad, Mankayan, Sablan, Tublay, and Tuba.

La Trinidad listed 486 cases, Itogon with 357, and Bokod with 311 from January to July 2022.

A dengue cluster indicates a specific area with active transmission during a four week-monitoring.

All the 13 towns in partnership with the Provincial Health Office also conducts regular larval surveillance especially in the towns with high dengue cases.

Bacuso has reminded the public to continue to practice the 5S against dengue. 

The 5S strategy involves search and destroy mosquito breeding sites; uphold self-protection like using insect repellents and wearing long sleeves and pants; seek early consultation at the nearest health care facility; support fogging, spraying, and misting in hot spot areas; and sustain hydration.

Those who feel the signs and symptoms of dengue fever like abdominal pain or tenderness, persistent vomiting, edema, mucosal bleeding and lack of energy must immediately seek medical consultation.

Individuals who want to get tested for dengue may also visit the rural health units or barangay health stations in their areas. – Ofelia C. Empian