Friday , May 25, 2018

Suspected dengue cases drop by 69% in January to October

DENGUE cases in Davao Region dropped significantly to 69 percent, data from the Department of Health Davao showed.

From January to October this year, a total of 3,076 cases were reported compared to the same period last year with 10,128 cases.

Yasuy Avila, DOH Davao Region Health Education and Promotion Officer, said Friday, October 27, during the Connect press forum at Toryano's Chicken Hauz in SM Lanang Premier that the highest percentage of these cases is in Davao City.

For this year Davao City has a total of 1,595 unconfirmed dengue cases; 576 in Davao del Norte; 372 in Compostela Valley; 344 in Davao Oriental; 155 in Davao del Sur; and 34 in Davao Occidental. There were also 23 deaths in the region due to unconfirmed dengue cases.

While last year, 4,710 are in Davao City; 1,881 in Davao del Norte; 1,880 in Davao Oriental; 1,206 in Compostela Valley; 360 in Davao del Sur; and 153 in Davao Occidental. A total of 78 deaths were recorded last year.

She said unconfirmed cases are those patients who had symptoms of dengue but was not confirmed if they were positive of the illness.

“Ito yong mga pasok,(at) reported, hindi pa siya confirm pero pasok siya sa clinical definition ng dengue. But sometimes marami din kasi [factors] as simple as may fever ng two days, may rushes na lumabas pwede na siyang i-clasiffy under dengue though it doesn’t really mean na nagiging positive siya if i-paconfirm na yong blood samples,” Avila said.

She attributed these significant decrease to the continued effort of the health department to reach out to the barangays while empowering barangay officials and capacitating health workers to also go to the grassroots level to raise awareness among communities through their ABKD program or Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD).

The increase last year has also alarmed the communities which triggered them to intensify their campaign at the same time the information, education and communication efforts were escalated to avoid any break out.

“If medyo sobrang taas nong case mas nag iintensify mas naaalert yong community so bumababa yong kaso. So pag mababa naman ang kaso nagiging lax na naman ang community despite sa mga programs na binibigay,” she said.