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NoCot dengue cases down 60%

August 01, 2020 - Saturday 8:08 PM by PNA

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COTABATO CITY –North Cotabato's health office has noted a 60 percent drop in dengue cases in the province for the first seven months of this year compared to the figure in the same period last year.

Dr. Eva Rabaya, North Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) chief, said that as of Thursday, the province recorded 892 dengue cases with no death, compared to the 3,788 cases with 16 deaths from January to July last year.

“That is about 60 percent lower as against the 2019 data,” Rabaya said, adding that the IPHO has not received any report of dengue fatalities so far in the province this year.

Makilala has the highest number of dengue cases with 170 patients while Kidapawan City has 92. Trailing are Matalam with 81 cases, Libungan (60), Aleosan (58), Midsayap, (54), M’lang (50), Arakan (47), Pikit (46), Pigcawayan, (46), Alamada (42), Tulunan (40), Kabacan (39), Pres. Roxas (20), Magpet (16), Antipas (15), Banisilan (11), and Carmen (5).

In an interview Friday, Rabaya appealed for public support in the campaign against dengue while health workers are also focused on their campaign against polio and the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Along with the campaign against polio and Covid-19, Rabaya said the IPHO is also distributing “NS1 dengue kits” to all city and town health stations while implementing technical support and strict regulation for fogging operations in areas where there is high incidence of dengue and education campaign on the use of 4S Strategy.

“The 4S strategy is effective against the dengue-carrying mosquitoes,” she said, adding that it simply means “Search and destroy, Self-protection measures, Seek early consultation and Say no to indiscriminate fogging”.

Earlier, North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco directed town mayors to come up with an improved anti-dengue plan aside from the health department’s guide in the fight against the disease.

“Rally your people, involved them so they feel they are part of the solution,” Catamco told the local government executives during a recent provincial peace and development council meeting. (PNA)