In this photo, a medical staff of the Zamboanga City health office conducts fogging operations amid rising dengue cases in the city. An outbreak has officially been declared and health officials are now closely monitoring the situation not only in Zamboanga but also in Regions II, VII, and IX. (Photo courtesy of City Government of Zamboanga Facebook)
MANILA — Taking notice of recent increases in dengue cases at the end of March 2022, the situation has prompted the Department of Health (DoH) to now closely monitor developments regarding the spread of the disease in Central Luzon, Central Visayas, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.
Based on data gathered by the DoH, 6,622 dengue cases have been reported from April 10 to May 7, most of which came from Region IX with 908 cases or a 14 percent increase, Region VII with 881 cases (13 percent), and Region III with 593 cases (9 percent).
“Ang mga closely monitored natin na areas ay Region 7, Region 9, at Region 3 kung saan sila ang may pinakamalaking contributions sa mga bagong kaso na nakita natin nitong nakaraang buwan, maliban sa NCR (National Capital Region),” DoH Epidemiology Bureau chief Dr. Alethea de Guzman said while noting that that the 11,435 dengue cases recorded from March 20 to April 30 was 94 percent higher than the cases reported during the same period in 2021, which was 5,901.
The health department has also reported that 19 people have already died due to dengue in Zamboanga City alone, which has already declared a dengue outbreak. The cases in the city reached over 2,000 from January to May 14, 2022.
Meanwhile, 11 have died in Cebu City also due to dengue, with more than 700 dengue cases recorded from January up to May 7 this year. The figure is the highest in Central Visayas, according to the DoH regional office in Central Visayas.
Despite this, though, health officials are saying that there was a 6 percent decrease recorded from the 27,010 dengue cases in 2021 to the 25,268 this year throughout the same period, based on data gathered by the Epidemiology Bureau.
Prior to this, health undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje gave assurances that dengue cases in the country have remained manageable but she is advising health facilities throughout the country, particularly those with high numbers of dengue cases, to prepare for an increase in admissions, especially for children. (ai/mtvn)