Due to incessant rain

TACLOBAN CITY– The Department of Health (DOH) reported a surge of dengue fever in the region due to the continuous rains.

Based on their record, the region posted 201 dengue fever cases for the first three weeks last month, higher by 19 percent or 176 cases compared to last year of the same period.
Jelyn Malibago, DOH regional information officer, said that the increase of dengue fever in Eastern Visayas could be attributed to the incessant rains experienced across the region since December of last year.

To avoid further increase of the mosquito-bite-causing disease, Malibago urged the public to strictly observe the 4S strategy against dengue.

The strategy refers to search and destroy of mosquito breeding hotspots where the dengue virus starts; seek early consultation from health professionals to avoid serious complications due to the dengue virus and provide early treatment to those individuals who have symptoms; secure self-protective measures, like the use of mosquito repellents and mosquito nets; and support fogging/spraying activities, especially to areas with high cases.
“We should ensure the cleanliness of our surroundings. Dengue is a preventable disease which means we can avoid getting the virus,” Malibago said.

Of the 210 dengue fever cases, 84 were from Leyte; 45, Northern Samar; 31, Southern Leyte; 27, Samar; 16, Eastern Samar, and 7 from Biliran.

The DOH said that no fatality was recorded during this period.

Last year, the region has recorded 6,794 dengue fever with 20 deaths, the DOH added.
(HAZEL LLANETA, LNU Student Intern)