Dengue cases down in June

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

DAVAO City Health Office (CHO) said it recorded a total of 697 dengue cases in June 2014, lower compared to 890 dengue cases recorded in the same period in 2013.

CHO pest control worker Melodina Babante said that June and July are the months when dengue cases are at its peak.

Babante also added dengue cases may increase for this month. "Ga ulan-ulan man run so i-consider nato siya nga naay possibility nga mutaas ang kaso karon tungod sa ulan (It has been raining recently so we can consider that there is a possibility that dengue cases may rise this July)," she said.


Babante together with her team are currently conducting information drives in different barangays here in the city to help them understand what dengue really is and how they can prevent it.

"Lisud man pud nga dili nimo sila i-educate mu-implement raka sa mga activity nimo, useless ra gihapon kay dili sila kasabot sa imung gibuhat sa ilang community (It will be difficult if you would not educate them and just implement your activities. It will turn out to be useless because they do not understand what you are doing in their community)," Babante said.

She also added that they are discouraging fogging and promoting clean up drives and the "search and destroy" method instead.

Fogging can only kill adult mosquitoes but not their eggs and larvae. But fogging can be done for certain areas with many recorded dengue cases.

Search and destroy is an anti-dengue campaign by the Department of Health wherein communities are encouraged to search for and destroy dengue breeding sites.

For this method, Babante said that they have been training assigned barangay functionaries to teach households how to search and destroy.

They have estimated to already cover 80 percent of the barangays in the second district.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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