Information campaign on dengue and leptospirosis

Caloocan Mayor Enrico Echiverri has ordered the city health authorities to beef up the information campaign on dengue and leptospirosis to further decrease cases of the two dreaded diseases in the locality.

The mayor’s move despite the 15 percent reduction in dengue cases in the city for the first six months of 2012.

Caloocan City Health Officer Dr. Raquel So-Sayo, in a report to Echiverri, said only 834 cases of dengue were reported in the city from Jan. 1 to June 11 this year compared to the 983 cases listed during the same period last year.

According to Dr. So-Sayo, only 20 leptospirosis cases were listed from January to July this year, also lower compared to last year of 35 cases.

She said no leptospirosis and dengue deaths were recorded so far this year. One leptospirosis death was reported in 2011.

Mayor Echiverri said the beefing of the information campaigns about the two ailments would further reduced the number of cases, stressing there is no room for complacency in the drive against these diseases.

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