CITY OF MALOLOS – Despite the eight percent difference of dengue cases as compared to last year’s statistics, Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando warned the public to be watchful of the life-threatening dengue virus.
During the launching of the strict implementation of Executive Order No. 002-2019 that enjoins all cities and municipalities to remove all tarpaulins that have been posted throughout the province without consideration for their proper placement and schedule of removal as it was adding to wastes of the province, Fernando said that these might also turn to be habitats to dengue carrying mosquitoes.
Based on the Provincial Health Office-Public Health’s data, there are 3,163 suspected dengue cases from January 1 to July 27, 2019 with eight dengue related deaths recorded compared to 3,440 cases with 10 dengue related deaths reported from the same period of the previous year.
Also, there are 69 out of 569 barangays in the province that are now under the clustering category, meaning there are two or more cases in the area.
“Ngayon po ay patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng kaso ng dengue, bagaman mas mababa ngayon kumpara noong isang taon hindi pa rin natin ito dapat ipagsawalang bahala sapagkat maaari itong madagdagan kung tayo ay magpapabaya. Kaya tayo po ang dapat manguna sa pagpapanatili ng kalinisan ng kapaligiran upang tuluyang mapuksa ang mga lamok na nagdadala ng dengue,” Fernando said.
Meanwhile, PHO-PH Head Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, reiterated the importance of the 4S Strategy to fight dengue that includes Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; secure Self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; Seek early consultation; and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.
According to the Department of Health, dengue is transmitted through a bite of dengue-infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which lay eggs in any container that holds clear and stagnant water like a bottle cap, dish dryer, gutter, trash can, and old rubber tire, among others. The mosquitoes usually bite between 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset and can be found inside and outside the house.