By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY —There has been a 597-percent increase in cases of mosquito-borne disease dengue in Iloilo province.
Dr. Patrica Grace Trabado, chief of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said there were 2,453 dengue cases recorded between January 1 and June 1 this year. In comparison, there were 352 dengue cases for the same period of last year.
This prompted Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. to call for an emergency meeting with municipal mayors and municipal health officers.
Defensor emphasized the “high sense of urgency” for communities to cooperate as dengue cases have reached an alarming level.
For the first half of the year, the component city of Passi had the most number of dengue cases with 200. This is a whopping 800-percent increase as compared to the same period of last year, which only had 25 cases.
There is also a rising number of dengue cases in the towns of Pototan, Concepcion, Ajuy, Santa Barbara, Calinog, Pavia, Sara, and New Lucena.
Meanwhile, Defensor and health officials reiterated the call to clean the surroundings and to destroy breeding places for mosquitoes.