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DOH-10: Dengue cases in Northern Mindanao now exceeds national threshold

CAGAYAN de Oro City–Northern Mindanao has registered a record-high number of dengue cases region-wide in the last five years, the Department of Health in Region 10 (DOH-10) said Tuesday (August 6).

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque II, Northern Mindanao now counts as among the regions having the highest reported cases of dengue, which include Mimaropa (region 4-B), Western Visayas (region 5), and Central Visayas (region 7).

Dengue cases in Northern Mindanao has exceeded and beyond Epidemic Threshold, too many from the last five years, the DOH-10.

In a press conference Tuesday, DOH-10 regional director Adriano Suba-an said they have recorded 15,095 dengue cases from January to August 3, 2019.

“This is 62.54% higher compared to the same period last year, with 60 deaths reported,” Suba-an said.

The province of Bukidnon showed the highest number of cases with 6,406 or 42 percent, majority of whom are males (53 percent) with 1 to 10 years old as the common age group affected.

DOH-10 noted that in Cagayan de Oro, the region’s capital city, a total of 1,557 dengue cases were reported, with eight deaths.

Among the city’s 80 barangays, Carmen has the highest number of individuals infected with dengue at 196 with two deaths. In Carmen’s neighborhood of Macanhan, there were 32 reported cases.

“All bureaus, units, hospitals, and attached agencies of the DOH heightened monitoring of dengue cases and provided immediate management and assistance to those afflicted by the disease,” Suba-an said.

He said the DOH and its personnel are directed to engage in a massive nationwide information campaign, give advice, and encourage the general public to follow the “4S” strategy, that is, to search and destroy the mosquito breeding sites; self-protective measures like using of insect repellants daily and wearing of light-colored clothes, long sleeves, and long pants; seek early consultation to the nearest health care facility once signs and symptoms are manifested; and support fogging, spraying, and misting only in hotspot areas where increase in case is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent and impending outbreak.

“As the lead agency, the DOH shall convene the Health Cluster of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) to intensify detection, tracking and monitoring of cases, provide issuances and alert advisories, ensure mobilization and augmentation of needed logistics and provide laboratory response,” Suba-aan added.

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