Dengue soars in Cagayan Valley, 22 deaths recorded

SUSPECTED dengue cases surged by 177 percent in Cagayan Valley with at least 22 deaths recorded, prompting massive information and cleanup drives throughout the region.

Dr. Rio Magpantay, Cagayan Valley regional health director, said the number of dengue cases surge from 2,254  last year to 6,233 in the same period this year based on records from the DOH-Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit.

Magpantay added that out of the 22 deaths reported, 17 were probable and five were suspected cases.

Cagayan— the hub of regional-based hospitals such as Cagayan Valley Medical Center— has listed 2,570 cases, Isabela with 2,527,  Quirino 638, and Nueva Vizcaya 492.

Batanes, earlier declared a dengue-free province, has six reported cases.

Due to resurgence of dengue cases, Magpantay has ordered health officials to sustain anti-dengue information drives and cleanup activities.

Cleanup drive activities include tree pruning or trimming, road and canal cleaning operations, including de-clogging of canals and waterways to eliminate obstructions that cause flooding and power supply interruptions during heavy storms, preparation of evacuation centers, and inspection of buildings and public infrastructure.

Also being done are fogging operations, cleanup of surroundings and buildings, destruction of dengue mosquito breeding sites, and elimination of bromeliad and other ornamental plants that store water in their stems and leaves and other anti-dengue activities.

Information dissemination drive such as public lectures and youth trainings to enhance learning and understanding about disaster risk and equip residents with knowledge and information that will help them fight dengue, mitigate typhoon impact, and appreciate the value of blood donation.

Magpantay said that due to the dengue hike cases, villagers in Baculod in Isabela have been priming up in clean-up drives.