7 deaths due to dengue in Misamis Oriental

WHILE dengue cases in Cagayan de Oro ebbed for the first quarter this year, the case in Misamis Oriental surged from January to March 31 with seven deaths recorded.

Misamis Oriental Provincial Epidemic and Surveillance Unit (MisOr Pesu) records show 638 dengue cases with seven deaths. Two of those who died were from Gingoog City.

In contrast, Cagayan de Oro registered a decreased number of dengue cases in the first quarter this year compared to the same period last year with 403 against 3,000, which was exacerbated by the series of storms in the first quarter of 2014, said Dr. Joey Retuya, head of the Surveillance Department of the City Health Office (CHO).

“The rate of dengue cases usually goes up during rainy days, since the city is welcoming summer now, it is expected that the cases of dengue will go down,” Retuya said.

To minimize the cases of dengue, Dr. Retuya is urging everyone to be in the front lines in cleaning their surroundings and initiate in safeguarding their lives from this virus and not just leave this matter to health organizations and the government alone.

He believes that this problem will be solved if the people could be united in achieving clean surroundings.

To combat the virus, MisOr Pesu has already communicated with the municipal mayors in the province and urged them to conduct their own prevention campaigns against dengue.

Last month, MisOr Pesu trained people in dengue surveillance and source reduction. The sources of dengue mosquito carriers are temporary holding containers, which can be found mostly anywhere. Example of these temporary holding containers would be tin cans, bottles, or even chunks of a coconut and anything that can collect clean water.

Source reduction is a method that could lessen the breeding sites of these mosquitoes by disposing the containers properly.

In June, MisOr Pesu will train teachers, under the Department of Education (DepEd) elementary level, about vector-borne diseases and equip with enough knowledge to educate their students on preventing the spread of dengue mosquito carriers. (LA Corrales)
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