The Zamboanga Peninsula has a record 1,743 dengue cases from January to March 7, an 81 percent increase when compared to the same period in 2018.
The Department of Health Regional Office 9 said Zamboanga City has 719 dengue cases, a record 213% increase when compared to the same period last year with 230 cases.
In the provinces, the same uptick of dengue cases had been recorded: Zamboanga del Norte, 499 cases, which is a 222 percent increase when compared to last year’s 155 cases; Zamboanga Sibugay had recorded 175 dengue cases; Isabela City in Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur, 251.
The regional health office had reminded the residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue to control the mosquito population.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”
Even during drought due to El Nino Duque warned the water stored at homes can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. (jm)