Dengue cases in Kalinga drop by 28%

CITY OF  TABUK, Kalinga, July 7 (PIA) - - Because of sustained eradication drive, dengue cases in the province had notably dropped by 28 percent from January – June this year compared to the same period in 2016.

 

Jose Pardito Jr of the Kalinga Provincial Health Office reported there were 189 dengue cases recorded during the period compared to 262 last year with two death cases. No dengue death case was reported this year.

Tabuk City has the highest mortality case of 151 followed by Pinukpuk municipality with 11 and Pasil with 10.

With the remarkable result of intensified eradication efforts, Pardito called on local officials and residents not to go complacent with the fight against aedis mosquitoes. He rallied all stakeholders of the campaign to continue with the clean-up drive saying clean surroundings is the best way to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases.

Meanwhile, health authorities are closely working with barangay health workers to make sure awareness campaign against dengue including the prevention of Zika virus and Chinkongunya.

 the campaign will get across the cross section of society even as the Association of South East Asian Nations or ASEAN is also urging its member countries to strengthen advocacy and awareness-raising activities at national and community levels.

Dr. Judy Lacar of the provincial Department of Health office here shared that  to instill awareness among household members on the importance of dengue control and prevention with locals as “frontliners”, they held the recent commemoration of ASEAN Dengue Day at barangay Lacnog of this city with the theme “United Fight Against Dengue”.

 He said Lacnog barangay is classified high risk in their monitoring registering five dengue cases in the first six months of this year, and they are working   to  eliminate the  disease.(PIA Kalinga)

 

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