Deaths due to dengue in Western Visayas more than double to 48 in Jan-May

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DENGUE CASES in the Western Visayas Region rose to 8,613 in Jan-May this year from 2,886 in the same period 2018, with deaths more than double at 48 from 23, based on the data from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DoH-CHD)-Region 6. “We recorded a 198 percent increase in the number of dengue cases this year with Iloilo province leading the highest recorded cases at 2,516 and 12 deaths followed by Negros Occidental has 2,277 with 17 deaths,” said Maria Lourdes Monegro, DoH-CHD entomologist. Capiz, with 1,245 dengue cases and seven deaths ranked third, followed by Aklan with 1,019 and five deaths. Iloilo City had 555 cases with four deaths; Bacolod City, 433 with one death; Antique 285 cases with two deaths; and Guimaras with 187 cases. Of the deaths, 31 were children aged one to 10. Officials again appealed for public participation to curb dengue cases, especially with the rainy season coming. “The 4S program, which stands for search and destroy mosquito breeding places, self-protection, seek early consultation and say yes to fogging or indoor and outdoor spraying, are cost effective measures that we can do and can be applied to our barangays,” said Elvie Villalobos, head of the DoH-CHD 6 Infectious Disease and Environmental and Occupational Health Cluster. As part of the campaign to reinforce dengue awareness, the DoH and the Iloilo City government will celebrate the ASEAN Dengue Day on June 14 at the Diamond Jubilee Hall after a caravan around the city. The Philippine Red Cross Iloilo chapter will also conduct a blood-letting activity on the same day, and the collected blood will be donated to dengue patients. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo