July 16, 2024

The Department of Health-Cordillera reminded the public anew to take seriously the advisories on dengue and religiously practice the preventive measures against the disease.

DOH-CAR records show the region is not spared from the health concern following a 71 percent increase in dengue cases.

As of June 22, the region recorded 3,922 cases of dengue, compared with the 2,287 cases recorded in the same period last year. Four deaths were also recorded.

DOH-Cordillera Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit Head Karen Lonogan said 154 barangays across the region have reported clustering of cases. There is clustering when an area records three or more cases of dengue for four consecutive weeks.

Lonogan also advised those who experience the signs and symptoms of dengue to seek immediate consultation so they can be provided with early medical intervention.

She said of the total dengue cases recorded, 2,385 had sought consultation in health facilities of which 1,329 showed warning signs while five were categorized as severe cases.

Lonogan said seeking early medical attention will help avoid a situation where the hospitals are overwhelmed by the surge of patients severely affected by the infection.

Among the provinces, Benguet recorded the highest number of cases with 1,545, followed by Baguio City with 948.

Mountain Province recorded 648 cases, which the DOH considered to have the highest percentage of increase at 149 percent. There were 260 cases recorded in the province in the same reckoning period last year.

Apayao recorded 267 cases; Ifugao, 262; Kalinga, 130; and Abra, 110.

In the two-week growth rate, the increase in cases in the region is at 93 percent, with Apayao recording the highest at 167 percent increase followed by Benguet with 109 percent increase.

Baguio City recorded 97 percent increase in cases while Kalinga noted 86 percent; Ifugao, 79 percent; Abra, 56 percent; and Mountain Province, 52 percent.

The DOH continuously reminds the public to practice the 4S strategy to combat dengue: search and destroy mosquito breeding grounds by eliminating stagnant water and their containers, self-protection measures like insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, seek early consultation for any symptoms, and support fogging or spraying in areas where outbreaks and increase in cases are registered. – Jane B. Cadalig