By Franco Regala
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Despite the DOH declaration of national dengue epidemic in the whole country, the DOH regional office said that the Province of Pampanga has achieved ‘’commendable’’ dengue status in the first half of the year.
Dr. Marcelo Jaochico, provincial health officer said that dengue cases in the province dropped significantly by 44 percent compared to the same period last year.
Jaochico attributed the rapid drop to the pro-active efforts of the past administration in preventing and managing dengue-related incidents in the province.
He cited former Governor and now Vice- Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, and incumbent Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, then vice governor, for mobilizing and ordering all local executives to participate and step up efforts to prevent the spread of the fatal disease.
“This was achieved through the extensive participation and coordination of the local government units concerned and initiative of the Governor in intensifying the campaign against dengue even before the rainy season started,” he said.
Barangay Dengue Task Force, Nanay Community Workers (NCW), Rural Health Workers (RHW), Municipal Health Workers (MHU), and midwives were also strengthened to provide surveillance and response to dengue cases and other public health diseases especially to those who are in the far-flung areas, he added.
As of August 3, a total of 1,405 dengue cases were reported by the different Disease Reporting Units in the province, according to records from the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
From January to August 2018, the province has recorded 2,489 dengue cases, an obvious marked decline for this year’s cases.
Of the 1,405 cases this year, there were 2 deaths recorded. The fatalities were also much lower this year by 86% compared to the 14 deaths recorded for the same period last year.
As part of the efforts to prevent the spread of dengue, Jaochico said that 25 barangays were declared as dengue hotspots, while seven villages were noted to have clustering of cases.
Mabalacat City has the most number of dengue cases with 230 or 16% of the total cases in the province, he said.