Dengue cases up in Benguet

THE Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) continuous to record an increase in dengue in the region for the first half of this year with Benguet having the most number of cases in the region.

In the weekly Kapihan sa Baguio, Geeny Anne Austria, Nurse 5 of the DOH Center for Health and Development, reported Benguet Province recorded 441 dengue cases this year as compared to 266 last year which is a 66 percent increase.

Apayao followed with 434 cases as compared to 177 last year with a 271 percent increase while 384 cases was recorded by DOH-CAR coming from the areas outside the region compared to 257 last year with a 49 percent increase.

Ifugao Province was in fourth spot with 221 cases recorded this year compared to 37 last year having 497 percent increase followed by Mountain Province with 143 cases this year compared to 36 last year having a 297 percent increase.

Kalinga’s dengue cases meanwhile went down with 170 cases this year compared to 304 last year for a 44% decrease while Abra recorded 131 cases this year as compared to 165 cases last year for a 21 percent decrease.

Baguio City recorded 27 percent decrease with 101 cases compared to 138 cases in 2018.

Of the 2,025 number of dengue cases in the region, four deaths were recorded.

Dra. Donnabel Tubera of Baguio City Health Services Office reminded the public not to give any chances for dengue carrying mosquitos to thrive in damp places, and observe the 4S against Dengue campaign.

It includes the Search and destruction possible mosquito breeding sites; self-protection; seeking early consultation (if a fever would last for 2 days and manifestation of other symptoms); and say no to indiscriminate fogging/spraying, aside from observing a healthy lifestyle.


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