GOVERNMENT CENTER, PALO, Leyte- The regional office of the Department of Health(DOH-8) reported that 16 people have died across the region due to dengue fever just last month alone.
The DOH-8 said that of the reported casualties due to dengue fever, Ormoc City posted the highest number of deaths with five followed by Salcedo, Eastern Samar with two fatalities.
Meantime Calbayog City; Pinyutan, Saint Bernard, and Libagon, all in Southern Leyte; Baybay City and Bato, both in Leyte; Santa Margarita, Samar; Cabucgayan, Biliran; and San Isidro, Northern Samar have one each confirmed fatality.
The regional health office said that about 1, 724 people from different parts of the region were hit by dengue fever, a disease cause by a mosquito bite of Aedes type.
It reported that the ages of the victims ranged from a month old to 82 years old.
And of the 1,724 dengue fever reported by the DOH-8 last month, 22 percent were in Leyte, the DOH reported.
For the safety of everyone, the DOH strongly suggest to follow their 4s Advocacy to prevent dengue- search and destroy – where mosquitos are residing; secure self-protection by wearing long sleeves, use anti-mosquito products; seek early consultation within two days, especially if fever does not stop and support fogging and spraying but only on hotspot areas. (FRANZ ERICK DADIA, KEN LOUISE DE LUNA, ELIZABETH BAGUILOD, ESSU Student Interns)