SurSur capitol warns public against dengue
By Greg Tataro, Jr.
TANDAG CITY, July 5 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur has warned the public here against dengue.
Assistant Provincial Administrator Tomasito Pareja said on Wednesday that a next-of-kin of a 30-year old mother who just died of the tropical disease caused by a virus transmitted by a so-called dengue-carrying mosquito (Aedes aegypti) came to his office for help to transport the remains of the victim from the hospital to their place of abode. He did not identify both, but it has been a long practice at the capitol to give assistance to people who seek for help—especially in situations like these.
Meanwhile, it was learned from Rodrigo Gordo, Supervising Sanitation Inspector of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) headed by Dr. Algerico Irizari that dengue cases have indeed continued to plague the province.
However, in a Disease Surveillance Report of the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development-Caraga Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit dated January 1 to June 7, the incidence of dengue cases has declined to eight percent (8%).
Notably, a total of 1,439 cases have been recorded region-wide as compared to 1,569 cases in the same period of last year.
Based on the same report, Surigao del Sur ranks third in the order from highest to lowest based on the “geographic distribution” data record among the five provinces and six cities.
Of the total number of dengue cases cited Caraga-wide, 243 cases have come from Surigao del Sur—21 cases of which occurred in Tandag City and the 72 cases took place in Bislig City. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)