The Department of Health (DOH) 7 continues to intensify its campaign against dengue despite a reported 71.8 percent drop of dengue cases in Central Visayas recorded at the end of last month.
A recent dengue update recorded by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Resu) 7, a total of 4,157 cases with 25 deaths were reported by the different disease reporting units.
According to Resu, this is 71.8 percent lower compared to the number recorded in the same period last year, where they recorded 14,733 cases with 110 deaths.
Most of the patients this year have ages ranging from six to 10 years old.
Dr. Susana Madarieta, DOH 7 director, said they are continuing to intensify their campaign against dengue especially in public schools where a lot of students might be affected.
DOH 7 said each school should have “dengue school brigades” with parents and children as members to eliminate breeding places for mosquitos.
In Cebu, majority of dengue cases were from Cebu City at 40.1 percent and 14 deaths; followed by Lapu-lapu City, 5.9 percent; Mandaue City, 4.9 percent; Talisay City, 4.3 percent; and Danao City, 4.2 percent.
DOH also reminds all government and private hospitals not to be complacent in the anti-dengue fight, even with the decrease of dengue cases, and should continue to have dengue fast lanes.
DOH wants all local government units to mobilize the community to participate in environmental sanitation activities such as clean-up drives.
“If the community is clean, there will be no room for mosquitos to reproduce,” said Madarieta.
DOH 7 shared tips on how the public can prevent mosquito breeding places by cleaning the areas inside and outside their homes.
One must also use personal protective measures against mosquito bites, such as using mosquito nets, insect repellent lotion or installing window screens in houses.