The number of dengue cases in the Philippines for 2020 has gone down by nearly 50% compared to last year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on June 15.
“Ayon sa surveillance report ng ating Epidemiology Bureau, ang kabuuang bilang ng mga kaso ng dengue ngayong taon ay 46% lower than the same time last year,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during briefing.
Vergeire said the COVID-19 pandemic could be a reason why more people are now more aware about dengue, its symptoms, and steps to be taken towards recovery.
“Ito ay posibleng epekto ng ating increased awareness na dala ng pandemic situation,” she added.
Aside from COVID-19, Vergeire also called the public to practice preventive measures against illnesses like dengue.
While 2020 sees a decline in number of cases, 2019 saw the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy, which had parents opting out of the vaccine for their children.
Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, director of the DOH’s Disease Prevention and Control Bureaue, encouraged Filipinos to remove mosquito breeding grounds from their homes while in quarantine.
“Ang general community quarantine ay pagkakataon para sa buong pamilya na linisin ang buong bahay,” he said.
According to Arevalo, the public should use insect repellant and seek the advice of a medical professional if they get sick.
Arevalo listed down the following as dengue symptoms: fever, body pains, diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding gums.
Local government units were also urged to prepare their health centers accordingly for possible dengue cases.
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