New cases of dengue have been recorded in the city and province in the last four weeks, an update from the Department of Health (DOH) said.

Latest health department data showed that 80 new cases of dengue have been recorded in Puerto Princesa City, 35 in Narra, 27 cases each in Sofronio Española and Bataraza, 18 in Quezon, 14 in Brooke’s Point, and 11 in Rizal.

From January to present, Palawan has already recorded 3,221 dengue cases, followed by Oriental Mindoro with 2,314 incidents, Occidental Mindoro with 937 and Rombolon with 555.

City Health Office (CHO) chief Dr. Ricardo Panganiban said the new cases were recorded from August 17 to September 7, which is higher from the 48 cases from July 13 to August 3.

“Tag-ulan pa rin kaya tuloy-tuloy ang ating pagaayos ng mga apektadong lugar. Nagsasagawa din kami ng clean-up drive sa Buenavista at Cabayugan, sila kasi ang may mataas na kaso talaga,” he said.

Panganiban said the figure can change anytime since it is still the rainy season.

He said this is the reason why the CHO is doing its best to do more anti-dengue awareness campaigns.

“Nagkaka-problema tayo doon sa dalawang barangay kasi dati wala naman talaga sila dyan. Kaya medyo tumaas ‘yong kaso. Pero kung titingnan mo naman ay mas mataas pa rin noong 2018 kasi dati 400 plus din siya pero mas mababa ‘yong ngayon,” he added.

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