CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Region 10 called for a collective effort as dengue cases in Northern Mindanao are already at 3,844 from January to June 11 this year, an increase of 134.25% compared to the same period in 2021.
DOH-10 Medical Technologist IV Gemma Uy said in Talakayan sa PIA media forum at SM City Cagayan de Oro that the region has reached its epidemic threshold, which means dengue is already in the environment.
The majority of the cases are male, from one to 10 years old with a median age of six years old. Meanwhile, Bukidnon reported the highest number of cases in the region with 1,322 cases and 14 deaths or case fatality rate of 0.36%.
The dengue cases in other provinces and cities are Camiguin (7), Lanao del Norte (502), Misamis Occidental (244), Misamis Oriental (718), Cagayan de Oro City (757), Iligan City (294).
Deaths due to dengue in Bukidnon, (3), Lanao del Norte, (2), Misamis Oriental, (3), Cagayan de Oro City (4) and Iligan City, (2).
With this, Uy reminded the public to practice the 4-S campaign against dengue with the first S being the most economical and most crucial.
The Enhanced 4-S campaign stands for Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites, secure Self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent, Seek early consultation, and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where cases are high.
Uy explained that Dengue is a viral disease carried by mosquitoes particularly an adult female mosquito, Aedes Aegypti, and breeds usually in stagnant clear water.
She urged families to regularly clean their homes and watch out for stagnant water in containers and to throw them if deemed unnecessary to avoid breeding of mosquitoes.
Uy further shared the need for ordinances among local government units (LGUs) to implement cleanliness in communities and neighborhoods. (JMORucat/PIA10)