798 new dengue cases in Palawan in 2 weeks

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A total of 798 new cases of dengue were reported in Palawan in the last two weeks, records from the Department of Health (DOH) in MIMAROPA showed.

Al Patrick dela Cruz Aquino, Nurse III of the regional DOH Vector-borne Disease Unit, told Palawan News Wednesday that last week’s 1,228 cases of dengue in the province have now rose to 2,026 (or 64.98%) with eight confirmed deaths.

Aquino said of the total number of cases, Puerto Princesa City recorded the highest with 658, posting an 8.58 percent increase from the previous 606 cases with seven recorded deaths.

He said the increases were from updated records of the city and provincial health offices which were sent to the DOH regional office as of August 31 to the first week of September.

“Every three years tumataas ang dengue [cases] natin pero dito wala pa tayo sa three years tumaas na nang sobra-sobra ‘yong dengue [cases] this year. Malamang po pataas pa rin yang mga cases dahil sa patuloy na pag-ulan,” said Aquino.

He added Palawan’s 15 dengue-caused deaths represent half of the 29 that MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) currently has on record.

He noted that the city has the highest recorded cases, followed by the municipalities of Narra, Bataraza, and Brooke’s Point in southern Palawan, and El Nido and Taytay in the north.

In the city, the top 10 barangays with the highest dengue cases are San Pedro, San Jose, San Miguel, San Manuel, Tiniguiban, Bancao Bancao, Sta. Monica, Sicsican, Mandaragat, and Tagburos.

Aquino also said the regional health department has already provided two misting machines for the City Health Office (CHO) with chemicals arriving next week.

He said that 237 rolls of chemically-treated screens for schools under the top barangays will be distributed to stop the advent of more cases of the mosquito-borne disease.

“Ipa-priority natin ‘yong mga schools na matataas ‘yong kaso sa Puerto Princesa,” Aquino said.

For the provinde, he said, a regional DOH team of five people was already sent to conduct misting operations, starting in towns with the most prevalent cases.

NS1 antigen rapid diagnostic test kits that could easily detect the dengue virus (DENV) in patients, he said, have already been distributed around the province.

He also reiterated the call to implement the “4S Strategy” anti-dengue campaign which stands for “Search and Destroy, Self Protection Measures, Seek Early Consultation, and Say No to Indiscriminate Fogging” in order to lessen if not totally and immediately eradicate the DENV.

“Ini-intensify po natin ang 4S po muna. Bago tayo mag-misting, maglinis po muna tayo. Ang misting po natin ang pinapatay lang po ay adult mosquitoes. Kung hindi po tayo maglilinis, andoon pa rin po ang mga kiti-kiti, after ilang araw po is magiging panibagong lamok na naman po ‘yon. Ini-encourage po talaga natin silang mglinis” Aquino said.

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