TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, June 17 (PIA) - - Panabo City posted the highest number of suspected dengue cases among the local government units in the province for the first quarter of 2016.
Panabo City Health Officer Dr. Emelda Bendijo disclosed during the USAPangkalusugan yesterday that the city reported 313 dengue cases for the period of January to March 2016.
Dr. Bendijo added that the top three barangays with most number of cases were Brgy. Manay with 52, Brgy New Visayas with 33 and Brgy. Southern Davao with 18.
“Among those cases, three individual died, which were from barangays Dalisay, Consolacion and San Vicente,” she said.
According to the data of the Provincial Health Office, following Panabo City were Tagum City with 211 suspected dengue cases and Kapalong with 193.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Agapito Hornido noted that high numbers of dengue cases were mostly reported in urban centers as the virus can be easily passed on due to population congestion.
Hornido also bared that the dengue cases for the first quarter of this year increased more than double of the number of cases in the same quarter last year.
According to the PHO data, there were 1,395 suspected dengue cases reported for this year’s January to March as compared to 556 suspected cases of the same period last year.
Dr. Bendijo stressed that in Panabo City, despite the constant their reminders through barangay consultation and even on mother’s class and pre-counselling seminars, the people in the community will not move until eminent danger is apparent.
“The people in the community would not act unless naa mamatay because of dengue (someone dies because of dengue),” she said.
Dr. Hornido emphasized that since two-thirds of the life of the mosquito is spent waters, prevention through eliminating their breeding areas is still the best option against dengue.
Hornido also endorsed the use of insecticide-treated curtain and mosquito nets. (PIA11, Michael Uy)