With 129 cases of dengue recorded mostly in Puerto Princesa City this quarter, Palawan has topped the entire MIMAROPA region on the prevalence of the mosquito-borne diseases, according to health authorities.
The Department of Health (DOH)- MIMAROPA said the cases only represented those from the city, with nine from Taytay, as of April 20, 2018.
Romalyn Racho, DOH-MIMAROPA Health Education and Promotion Officer said they have yet to determine the breakdown of cases per barangay.
Racho attributed the trend to the failure of many communities and households to maintain cleanliness on their surroundings, allowing for breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitos.
“Kahit ano kasi ang istratehiyang gawin natin, kung nandiyan pa rin ang mga pwedeng bahayan ng lamok ay diyan lang talaga sila at patuloy na magbi-breed,” she said.
In 2017, there were 200 cases of dengue recorded in Puerto Princesa between January until September, while around 500 cases were reported in 2016.
In 2015, 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.
The province of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City will host the 8th ASEAN Dengue Day in June.