Amid coronavirus scare, DOH warns Western Visayas region about dengue.
WESTERN VISAYAS – The Department of Health (DOH) warned the Western Visayas region amid pandemic COVID-19 over possible surge of dengue disease.
In the middle of everyone’s fight versus Coronavirus Diseas 2019 (COVID-19), other health threats are posed. Just recently based on a previous article, an Ebola outbreak has been reported in Congo which killed several people already.
And now, the Department of Health (DOH) gave out warning to the people of Western Visayas about the possibility of dengue disease outbreak in the region. This is despite the significant drop of cases as people have to stay vigilant.
According to DOH Western Visayas Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Jessie Glen Alonsabe there is a drop of 74% in dengue cases but residents have to do all precautionary measures so as to prevent from getting the disease because the health sector is currently focusing on the pandemic.
To recall, a dengue outbreak happened last year infecting 3,110 and recorded 54 deaths. During this year from January to May 16, the region had a total of 2,141 dengue cases where three lives have been taken away. Western Visayas is composed of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces.
Negros Occidental recorded the most number of dengue cases at 786 with one fatality. This was then followed by Iloilo province and Iloilo City which scored 401 and 147 dengue infections, respectively, as per Manila Bulletin. A clean surroundings and getting rid of possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes are just some of the ways to avoid having this disease.
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