A TOP official of the Department of Health (DOH) has urged the local government units (LGUs) to be in the forefront in the campaign against dengue in their respective places.
Dr. Emilia Monicimpo, DOH regional director, made the call as she expressed alarm over the increasing number of dengue cases here in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
Monicimpo said they have recorded 8,076 cases of dengue since January until July 6, this year, which is 285 percent higher than the 2,067 cases registered in the same period last year.
She said that data they gathered showed that Zamboanga City registered 2,662 cases of dengue, the highest compared to other areas in the region.
The DOH official said the number of dengue cases registered in other areas are as follows: Zamboanga Sibugay, 2,566 cases; Zamboanga del Sur, with 1,549 cases; Zamboanga del Norte, 1,035; and, Isabela City, Basilan, 264 cases.
She said they have also recorded 48 deaths as of July 6 in the entire region with “most of the deaths were from Zamboanga City.”
They have heightened the conduct of “4S” advocacy in the areas with highest cases aimed to minimize if not eradicate occurrence of dengue, she added.
The 4S strategy include the following: search and destroy; self-protection measures; seek early consultation; and, support fogging in times of increasing cases. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)