MANILA (PNA)–The Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday that the accumulated den-gue cases from the period January to September this year are still very much lower as compared with the same period in previous years, particularly in 2012 and 2013.
Generally, the trend on dengue cases is still in the level of decreasing contrary to the impression that it is increasing due to rise in cases in some provinces and regions in the country, Health Secretary Janette L. Garin said.
Based on the latest report of DOH Epidemio-logy Bureau Public Health Surveillance Division, a total of 92,807 accumulated dengue cases were recor-ded from January to Sep-tember this year, surpas-sing the 75,117 cases in the same period last year which indicates a 23.5-percent increase in the number of cases.
However, Garin main-tained that the increase in latest figures is expected because the comparison is being made to a year (2014) wherein a signifi-cant drop of dengue cases was noted.
Garin recalled that dengue cases were at its peak in 2012 and 2013 and at its lowest in 2014.
Based on DOH re-cords, there was a total of 124,173 cases of dengue in 2012.
In 2013, 117,658 cases were recorded during the January to September period.
She added that at a glance, there is an increase especially if the comparison will be limited between the year 2014 and 2015.
However, through a closer look, it can be observed that the number of dengue cases are still lower compared to figures from 2012 and 2013.
She added that the possibility of increase and decrease trend were due to cycle change which is expected to be a normal scenario.
She also added that the high number of reported dengue cases in provinces such as Tarlac, Cavite and Apayao were all put under control.
“What is important is that we were able to guard and ensure that cases will not go up in alarming stage or as high in the years wherein dengue cases were at its peak level,” the DOH chief added.
With this, Garin said cleanliness of surrounding is the best weapon against the deadly disease.
To increase more awareness in schools, she added that DOH will be providing mosquito nets with embedded mosquito repellants to selected public schools nationwide, especially in dengue-prone areas.
Also, with the advent of the “El niño phenomenon” wherein people are prompted to store water for their consumption, she reminded everyone to ensure that water containers must be covered in order for these not to serve as breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.