Following its continuing fight vs. Dengue, the Parañaque City Government under the leadership of Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr. has reported that the incidence of this mosquito-vectored infection in the city has dropped to 124 cases during the period January to August 2010 compared to 324 cases covering the same period in 2009
The 62% decrease in the number cases was contained in a report to the mayor by City Health Officer Dr. Olga Virtusio based on the data gathered by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit under Dr. Darius Sebastian.
According to City Dengue Coordinator Dr. Darwin David, the decrease in the number of cases can be attributed to the initiative taken by the City Health Office including the conduct of an awareness campaign early on as well as “search and destroy operations” vs. mosquito breeding places, moves which were welcomed and supported by the different barangay government units (BGUs) of the city.
“We commend our City Health Office and BGUs for making great strides in its war against dengue. We call on our citizens to continue contributing to the effort towards disease prevention and our vision for a healthy community.”, Mayor Bernabe said.
Ages of cases ranged from less than 1 year to 67 years (median 17). However, Age Group 15-49 was mostly affected with 54% or 67 cases. Apart from the dramatic decrease in the number of dengue cases this year, it is also a welcome note that no fatality or clustering of dengue cases was reported.