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The Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded a drop in the number of dengue cases in Palawan from January to May this year compared to the same period last year.

PHO chief Dr. Mary Ann Navarro said as of May 24, 361 dengue cases have been recorded in the province or 44 percent lower than the same period last year.

She said that the drop in the recorded cases was a result of the month-long quarantine.

“Lower than last year ang dengue, ang malaria likewise ay mas baba din. Dahil siguro hindi lumabas ang mga tao at naglilinis ang mga tao, matagal din na walang ulan kaya walang mga stock sa bahay ng mga tao,” Navarro said.

Navarro said that they are currently preparing for a possible outbreak of different diseases, such as malaria and diarrhea.

They are also conducting spraying in houses in different areas.

“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating mga program lalo na ngayon kailangan mag-bantay tayo laban sa dengue at malaria dahil rainy season na,” Navarro said.

“Usually kasi ang dengue, malaria at diarrhea lumalabas kapag tag-ulan, usually may program manager tayo dyan. Sa ngayon ay nags-spray na tayo,” Navarro said.

She said the data for malaria is not yet available because they cannot go to far-flung areas due to the limited access brought by the quarantine.

“Yong sa Malaria definitely ay mababa din pero medyo mahirap lang puntahan kasi aakyat pa ng bundok,” she added.


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