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Dengue cases down

The number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental from January 1 to August 20, this year, has dropped significantly by as much as half the number compared to that reported in the same period last year. 

Dr. Socrates Villamor, provincial team leader of the Department of Health in Negros Oriental, said that as of August 20, 313 dengue cases has been recorded compared to last year’s 622 cases for the same period, or an equivalent of 49 percent. 

No deaths have been reported, while last year, four dengue-related deaths had been recorded in the same period, Villamor said. 

Villamor expressed relief over the decline, saying that the number is not alarming compared to other areas in the Philippines. 

Dumaguete City topped the list of towns and cities in Negros Oriental with the highest number of dengue cases at 86. 

Others in the top ten list are Sibulan, 40 cases; Siaton, 30; Tanjay City, 18; Bayawan City, 17; Sta. Catalina, 15; Bais City, 13;Pamplona, 12; Amlan, 11; and Valencia, 10 cases. 

The town of Ayungon had zero cases of dengue, Bindoy and Canlaon City had one each, while the rest of the cities and towns had between two to seven cases, Villamor said. 

She attributed the reduction in dengue cases in the province to the sustained information and education drives conducted down to the barangay levels and urged the public to continue practicing “4S campaign”, or the four steps in combating the disease. 

The 4S strategy includes Seek-and-destroy mosquito breeding grounds, Seek early treatment, employ Self-protective measures such as the use of anti-insect repellants and mosquito netting, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.*JFP



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