LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Pangasinan Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded 1, 687 dengue cases with eight mortalities in different parts of the province from January 1 to July 2 this year.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna Theresa de Guzman, in an interview on Wednesday, said the cases this year on the given period were up by 91 percent as against the 884 cases on the same period last year.
Data from the PHO disclosed the towns and cities that noted the most dengue deaths include Anda town and Urdaneta City with two cases each, while Binmaley, Asingan, Pozorrubio and San Carlos City tallied one dengue-related death each.
“Many of the victims are children aged 10 to 14. However, most of adult cases we have recorded were among farmers, construction workers, and laborers – especially those who work at junk shops,” de Guzman said.
The Top 10 municipalities and cities under monitoring due to high number of dengue cases are: Urdaneta City (165); Alaminos City (97); Binmaley (96); San Carlos City (89); Bayambang (88); Lingayen (88); Asingan (78); Mangaldan (78); Pozorrubio (67); Sta. Barbara (56) and Binalonan (54).
De Guzman advised the public to keep their surroundings clean and to destroy places, which could serve as breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
“We also advise the public to immediately proceed to the hospital if symptoms of dengue are being felt. Usually, it is too late before they rush to the hospital for treatment,” De Guzman said. Ahikam Pasion/PNA-northboundasia.com