Barangays Sta. Monica, San Miguel, San Pedro, Tiniguiban, and Sta. Lourdes have been identified by the City Health Office (CHO) recently as areas in Puerto Princesa, where high prevalence of the debilitating mosquito-borne disease dengue remains.
Dr. Ricardo Panganiban, chief of the CHO, admitted to PALAWAN NEWS that dengue is not totally eradicated in Puerto Princesa, although previous cases have already seen a significant decline depending on weather conditions.
Based on CHO data, only 200 dengue cases were recorded in 2014. However, digits considerably grew to 500 from January to September 2015.
“Hindi na po nawawala ang kaso ng dengue, endemic na siya. Hindi na nawawala sa atin, tuloy-tuloy siya (Dengue is not lost, it is already endemic. It can no longer be lost to us, it continues to happen),” said Panganiban.
“Bumababa lang pero hindi nawawala kahit na tag-init o summer mayroon siya (Cases only decline and not lost even during the summer season),” he added.
Due to this fact, Panganiban said the CHO has intensified its monitoring of the identified barangays to ensure that interventions are carried out when needed by residents.
Panganiban assured too, that medicines and facilities are all in place in case the CHO needs augmentation.
He reminded the public to regularly clean their surroundings by emptying uncovered receptacles, and unclogging stagnant waterways and canals to prevent them from becoming breeding grounds for the dengue-carrier mosquitoes.