By JOEY NACALABAN
AFTER measles, health officials noted an increase in the number of dengue cases in the city. They also recorded a dengue-related death.
Dr. Fe Bongcas, city health officer, confirmed death of one resident in Barangay Pagalungan due to dengue.
But throughout Region 10, the Department of Health recorded two dengue-related deaths, said Dr. Dave Mendoza of the DOH regional office.
Dr. Bongcas said the local health office counted 367 dengue cases since January, with Barangay Carmen registering the highest number of dengue cases at 49.
Barangay Lumbia followed with 27 dengue cases; Lapasan, 21; Bugo, 19; Canitoan, 19; Patag, 18; Gusa, 17; Macasandig, 17; and Balulang; and Iponan, 15.
Bongcas said, “Kini nga problema, problema sa tanan. Kinahanglan manglimpyo ta sa atong palibot. Mga tubig nag pundo ipangyabo kay mga mosquito breeding ground na sila.”
In another related development, Bongcas assured the city council’s health committee that the CHO noted no measles outbreak in the city although the number of cases dramatically increased compared to the January-February preiod last year.
“It is not really an outbreak but we should be vigilant,” Bongcas was quoted as saying in a city council news dispatch.
Bongcas however told the committee chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane that the CHO recorded 75 cases of measles from Jan. 1 to Feb. 13 or nearly double compared to the 40 cases listed during the same period in 2018.
According to the city council dispatch, there were five suspected measles-related deaths in barangays Cugman, Balulang, Macanhan, Dansolihon and Mambuaya. The deaths, she said, have yet to be confirmed to be due to measles.
“These cases are expected kay katong mga mothers nga wala nagpa-inject sa ilang children because of fear of Dengvaxia,” she said.
Bongcas said of the 20 thousand children subject for immunization in the city, 95 percent have received full immunization.
The remaining five percent represent about a thousand children, she said.