DOH-Eastern Visayas attains ‘highest dengue reduction’ nationwide

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Friday, June 15, 2012


PALO, Leyte - The Department of Health (DOH) announced that Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) attained the highest percent of mosquito dengue reduction nationwide in 2011 and 2012.

Last November 25, 2011, the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the DOH-Central Office reported that region had only 760 dengue cases compared to 11,521 cases in the same period in 2010, or 93 percent reduction, the highest percent reduction in number of dengue cases observed among all regions.

Lately on March 3, 2012, the NEC reported that the region had only 27 cases compared to 317 cases in the same period in 2011, or 91 percent reduction and still the highest percent reduction in number of cases compared to the other regions nationwide.

“We have to sustain this number of percent reduction. That’s the important thing we have to do in order for us to maintain it. Let’s increase our awareness of dengue prevention because attaining zero-dengue cases is quiet impossible but we hope we could,” Leonido Olobia, program manager of vector-borne disease control program, said in an interview Friday.

Olobia added that when the delivery of disease is very low, the challenge there is to sustain it. People must always practice the elimination of mosquito breeding sites.

“I hope everyone must not be complacent even if Region 8 has the least number cases. We have to work together to continue to sustain the low number of dengue disease”, he advised.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) reported that on June 11, 2012, the region had 112 versus 511 cases in the same period last year which is 78 percent reduction. Calbayog has the lowest case with at least two cases followed by Biliran, Tacloban and Maasin with four cases, respectively, and Northern Samar has the highest with 24 cases. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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