Dengue in the Western Visayas
Health officials in the Western Visayas has called on the public not to be complacent due to possible emergence of dengue cases even during the dry season.
As of February 16, dengue cases in the region totaled to 2,762, an increase of 118 percent compared to the same period in 2018. 13 deaths have been recorded.
Most dengue patients were children aged 1 to 10 years old.
A total of 121 barangays (villages) in the region had a clustering of cases.
Dengue in Soccsksargen
Department of Health (DOH) 12 (Soccsksargen) is reporting 2,332 dengue cases across the region during the first two months of 2019. This is a 191 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
Five deaths have been reported with three in the hardest hit province of North Cotabato.
Rabies cases since 2014
Data from the Department of Health shows that Central Luzon region saw the most human rabies cases during the period Jan. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018.
The region saw 185 cases, followed closely by Calabarzon with 172 cases.
More than none out 10 of the cases were linked to exposure to dogs.
Makati to vaccinate 46,000 kids against measles
After reporting dozens of measles cases this year, the city of Makati is set to vaccinate 46,858 schoolchildren in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.
Negros Occidental reports most measles in region
The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD 6) reported last week that the province of Negros Occidental has seen the most measles year to date.
As of Friday, Negros Occidental posted 298 suspected measles cases with 31 confirmed and three deaths.
For the past months, the Department of Health and the Department of Finance, have been actively advocating for increased taxes on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages to curb consumption and ultimately reduce the incidents of illness caused by alcohol and tobacco. With health partners from civil societies, we hope that these reforms pass into legislation before the end of the 17th Congress.
“The Department of Health would like to emphasize, that Sin Taxes are first and foremost, a health measure that will discourage Filipinos to smoke and excessively consume alcohol. As global evidence suggests, taxation is the single, most cost-effective measure to safeguard the public from the harms of tobacco and alcohol use and their accompanying societal costs”, Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
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