Dengue tops list of ‘notifiable’ diseases

THE Department of Health Region-Davao (DOH 11) recorded a total of 2,162 notifiable diseases or illnesses that are required by law to be reported to government authorities from June 1 to 30 this year in the region.

In their monthly surveillance report, the top three highest cases recorded in the region were dengue, influenza and measles.

Dengue ranks first with 927 cases followed by 831 influenza-like cases and 307 measles cases.

Data revealed that 71 percent of influenza-like cases are from Davao City.

Mary Divene Hilario, unit head of the Health Education Promotion Section (HEPS) under DOH 11, said in an interview that they are observing the growing number of measles cases in the region because it is a highly communicable disease.

The data was reported to DOH 11 by the 10 sentinel surveillance hospitals, she said.

Meanwhile, DOH 11 also recorded a decrease in the recent data statistics of dengue in the region.

A total of 3,402 cases of dengue were recorded as of July 21 this year, much lower as compared to the 6,683 cases recorded in the same period last year.

Death rate of dengue cases also decreased from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent at present.

Hilario attributed the decrease to the interventions done in the past.

She also said that people today are becoming more aware of dengue and the barangay captains are also working on their own barangays to lessen dengue cases.

"Labi na diri sa Davao naa may mandate si Mayor na palihukon jud ang mga barangay officials pag-makita ganina tag-aw gyud ang ilang number of cases (Much more here in Davao wherein there was a mandate from the mayor that barangay officials should make a move when they can see that the number of cases is increasing)," Hilario said.


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