TACLOBAN CITY-The number of dengue cases of this city dropped by 74 percent from 319 on January 1 to October 10, compared to 2,681 with 11 deaths in the same period last year, the City Health Office (CHO) disclosed in a report released on Wednesday.
Based on the data obtained from the dengue surveillance tracker, among the five villages here which were included in the list with the highest dengue cases as of October 10, Barangay 95 Caibaan tops the number of dengue infections with 16 dengue-afflicted individuals or 5.03 percent.
This was followed by Brgy. 62-B in Sagkahan with 15 cases, Brgy. 91 Abucay, 14; Brgy. 75 Naga-naga, 13, and Brgy. 74, 10.
Likewise, it was seen that 136 males were afflicted with the illness which is equivalent to 53.96 percent of the total number of cases that were documented. The age ranged from 1 month to 67 years old with a median of 33 years old.
Of the said figures, however, CHO said that no clustering of cases was noted, and only four deaths were recorded from morbidity week 1-41.
Meantime, despite the significant drop in cases this year, the public is still reminded not to be complacent and follow the 5S strategy to continuously decline the number along with the practice for infection prevention and control measures for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The 5S program emphasizes the search and destroy of possible breeding sites of dengue-carrier mosquitoes; self-protection measures like wearing long-sleeves and pants; and to seek early consultation if experiencing two days of fever; say yes to fogging only in hotspots where dengue cases are on the rise and sustain hydration.
Apart from the said campaign, the local health workers are encouraged to continue their efforts against dengue and other infection prevention, as well as reiterate the importance of community involvement in search and destroy operations to maintain the decrease of cases. (TACLOBAN CITY INFORMATION OFFICE)