Palawan topped among the provinces in Region 4-B with the most number of dengue and malaria cases from January to November 1, 2015.
According to the DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), Palawan logged 1,401 dengue cases, followed by Occidental Mindoro with 490; Oriental Mindoro – 383; Romblon – 244; and Marinduque – 204.
Of a total of 2,722 cases, 13 deaths were reported as follows: Palawan – 5, Occidental Mindoro – 5, Oriental Mindoro -1 and Marinduque – 2.
There were 695 cases recorded in Puerto Princesa, while Palawan towns of Taytay (150), Roxas (128), Busuanga (124) got the top three spots with the most cases logged in the province.
Malaria cases are still endemic in the province having the highest incidence of cases with 336 and 5 deaths, followed by Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro with 2 cases each.
To combat dengue and malaria, the DOH-MIMAROPA has intensified its efforts even more, this time by distributing a total of 685 rolls of olyset nets to 43 elementary schools in the whole region.
The installation of olyset nets are being done in coordination with the Department of Education and the Department of Interior and Local Government together with the city and provincial health office. Each roll contains 1.25 meter by 25 meters of insecticide treated net.
“The olyset nets, embedded with permethrin, that were installed in various schools will provide five years protection from mosquitoes and other insects,” said Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo.
On Thursday, November 5 the regional Health department launched its Kabit-Kurtina campaign in Puerto Princesa with Sicsican Elementary School as one of its beneficiaries.
“The distribution of olyset nets is accompanied with the regular anti-dengue misting and clean-up operations in barangays and municipalities in the region with incidence of dengue,” he added.
Janairo further said that they have concentrated in areas in the province where dengue cases are high.
Since majority of dengue cases this year were from the 5-14 age group, the anti-dengue prevention campaign of DOH has been intensified and focused on students, teachers and schools nationwide, he said.