TACLOBAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH-8) has recorded nine deaths and a total of 4,221 dengue cases in Eastern Visayas from January 1 to July 18, 2020.
The nine deaths were recorded from Leyte – one each from the municipalities of Abuyog, La Paz, Ormoc City, Baybay, and Tacloban City; Eastern Samar – one each from the municipalities of Giporlos, Arteche, and General MacArthur; and one from Tagapul-an, Samar.
DOH-8 Regional Director Minerva Molon said Leyte also has the highest number of cases among the six provinces with 2,160 or 51.17 percent. Of which, 279 are from Tacloban City, 228 are from Baybay City, and 158 are from Ormoc City.
This is followed by Southern Leyte with 571 cases or 13.53 percent with 113 cases recorded in Maasin City. They have also identified Brgy. Asuncion of the said city to having a clustering of dengue cases.
Samar province has 521 cases with Calbayog City having the highest reported cases with 212.
Biliran province has 416 or 9.86 percent of the total cases with 142 coming from its capital, Naval town.
Eastern Samar has 283 or 6.70 percent of the total cases with 65 recorded in Guiuan town.
Northern Samar has the lowest number of cases with 270 or 6.40 percent of the total cases.
Of the total reported cases, DOH-8 noted that 3,684 cases or 87 percent were hospitalized.
Molon added that dengue cases in the region range from ages 8 months to 91 years old and 52 percent or 2,195 are male patients.
Meanwhile, despite the total number of cases being lower by 52 percent compared with the same period last year, which had 8,797 cases, Molon appealed for the public not to be complacent along with the practice for infection prevention and control measures for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “We also need to address the root causes of dengue and practice preventive measures all year round. I urge everyone to remain vigilant and continue to search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites, employ self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and support fogging or spraying only in the hotspot areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak,” she urged. By Marie Tonette Marticio