THE Department of Health (DOH) is poised to adopt more measures to prevent the recurrence of dengue fever in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that afflicted 9,046 persons last year, three of whom died.
One of the fatalities was from Baguio City, while the two others were from separate towns in the province of Abra.
Dr. Amelita Panganiban, assistant regional director of the DOH-CAR, said preventive measures like emphasis on health hygiene and good nutrition, sleeping under mosquito repellant-treated mosquito nets and destruction of all possible breeding places of mosquitoes were done last year, but the “aedes aegypti,” the dengue virus carrying mosquito, proved hard to control in the area last year.
The mountainous region was proven to be a good breeding place of the mosquito, aside from the fact that “malaria,” another kind of ailment due to mosquito bites, is endemic in certain areas like Kalinga.
Symptoms of dengue and malaria have similarity like fever, rashes, and nausea. But unlike malaria, which produces some kind of antidote, dengue can afflict a person several times and survival depends on the strength of his immune system.
A check on the death certificates of dengue fatalities reveal the secondary cause of death is cardiac arrest due to pulmonary infection.
Compared to year 2012, last year's dengue cases increased by 56.57 percent.
Pangilinan said in year 2012, there was a total of 5,781 dengue cases in the region, evenly distributed in the City of Baguio, and the provinces of Benguet, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao and Apayao.
Last year, she said, most of the cases came from Benguet, Baguio City, Abra, Mountain Province and Kalinga. Apayao registered the least number of nine dengue cases.
Pangilinan said the destruction of breeding places of mosquitoes in barangays before the onset of rainy season will be coordinated with officials. (Aure Galacgac)