The Province of Iloilo recorded a rise in the cases of dengue during the first three weeks of January.
Data from the Provincial Health Office Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PHO-PESU) showed that from January 1 to 21, 2023, dengue cases totalled to 54. The province only recorded 30 cases during the same period last year.
Estancia got the highest cases with five. The municipalities of Cabatuan, Ajuy, Barotac Nuevo, and Pototan each got four cases. Oton and Alimodian recorded three cases each. Balasan, Carles, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Tigbauan, Janiuay, Passi City, Badiangan, Dueñas, and San Miguel recorded two cases.
The PHO recorded one case each from Banate, Batad, Calinog, Dumangas, Lambunao, Pavia, and Santa Barbara.
Provincial Health Officer Dr Maria Soccoro Quiñon said most of the patients are aged 1 to 10 years old, comprising 50 per cent of the total cases.
Quiñon said the provincial government has already distributed adulticides to municipalities to stop the spread of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
“We have also given our rural health units and hospitals dengue test kits,” she added.
The health officer also reminded the public to always observe the 4S Kontra Dengue namely search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites, employ self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and support fogging/spraying.
“Let us drink plenty of water and eat food rich in Vitamin C,” Quiñon said.
(LHC / Capitol news)