(CEBUNEWS) – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) has registered 110 dengue deaths in the region from out of the reported 18,352 cases of dengue from January to December of this year.
The dengue deaths during the January-December period, however, were lower than the 118 deaths registered for the entire 2017 but the number of cases this year is higher than the 13,300 patients diagnosed with dengue last year, according to data released by the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the DOH 7.
The Province of Cebu posted the highest number of dengue cases at 11,310, with 47 deaths, while Bohol posted the most fatalities at 48, even as the number of cases in the province was lower at 4,354.
Among the cities in the region, Cebu City post the most number of deaths with 16 and 2,999 cases. Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu followed with 4 deaths out of the 1,662 cases, the DOH data showed.
RESU 7 Chief Shelbay Blanco said continues to remind the public on the importance of having a clean surrounding to prevent the breeding of dengue-carrying mosquitos.
“Dengue-carrying mosquitos are becoming more aggressive that they can even breed in candy wrappers with stagnant water,” Blanco told reporters.
The anti-dengue units from the regional level down to the barangays are not lowering their guards, especially on the prevention and monitoring of the disease.
“We are not taking things lightly, it’s the very reason we have stepped up our surveillance systems. We are closely coordinating with every local government unit (LGU) and if ever we see increasing dengue cases, we immediately inform and alert these LGUs,” he said.