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The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in urging local government units (LGU) to intensify their campaigns against dengue as cases increase by 95.98 percent from January to the first week of March.

In a press statement sent Tuesday, DOH-CHD OIC regional director Dr. Mario Baquilod said they are aware of the situation and has already taken steps to ensure monitoring and the conduct of preventive measures to control the rise.

He said that in MIMAROPA, an estimated 1,121 cases have been recorded, including five deaths, by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) from January 1 to March 1, 2019.

Statistics show that 95.98 percent or 572 cases this year are high compared to the same period last year, he said in the statement.

“DOH-CHD MIMAROPA is now working closely with the LGUs to avert the increasing cases of this mosquito-borne disease,” Baquilod was quoted in the statement.

Oriental Mindoro recorded 511 cases with three deaths, followed by Palawan with 350 cases and one death, Occidental Mindoro with 116, Marinduque 99 cases with one death, and Romblon 44.

He said the LGUs and other stakeholders on the ground are urged to activate their barangay brigade or Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue Task Force and to heighten the 4S Kontra Dengue campaign or search and destroy mosquito breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation and support spraying to prevent impending outbreaks.

“We need everyone’s support. Dengue prevention should start in our homes. We can only prevent and eliminate dengue-carrying mosquitoes if we observe and practice the 4S Kontra Dengue. Tandaan, kung walang lamok, walang dengue,” he reiterated in the statement.