The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in South Cotabato report closely monitoring various communities in the province due to the increasing cases of the dengue fever.
Health officials report a total of 1,036 dengue cases in the province through the end of July. This is a 29 percent increase from 800 cases in the same period last year.
The reported deaths remained at six for a case fatality rate of 0.7 percent. These are from Koronadal City and the municipalities of Norala, Tampakan, Tantangan, Lake Sebu, and Tupi.
Dengue program coordinator for the province, Lowell Sajot said local communities should continually observe the prevention measures, especially the conduct of regular cleanup of their surroundings.
“We have sustained our awareness campaigns down to the household level for the enhanced 4-S strategy in coordination with the barangays,” he told reporters.
The 4-S strategy, which was set by the DOH, stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites; Secure self-protection measures from mosquito bites like wearing long sleeves and pants and use of mosquito repellants for uncovered skin; Seek early consultation for fever of more than one day; and, Support fogging/spraying only in hot spots areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.