DAGUPAN CITY – The City Health Office (CHO) thru Program Coordinator for Dengue
Prevention and Control Dr. Windy Balingit-Bernardo belied a report that the city has
registered a 100 percent increase in dengue cases for the first half of 2016 as compared
to the reported cases for the same period in 2015.
Bernardo clarified that while there has been a substantial increase in the number of
reported cases of dengue in the city in recent months, the overall forecast for 2016 as
compared to the data gathered during the same period last year reflects a 20-30
percent reduction in the prevalence of the disease.
“This is based on data provided by the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office
1 updated as of Morbidity Week 29. These figures are based on data from the different
hospitals in the city which are duly validated and authenticated by designated CHO
personnel. The apparent discrepancy in the figures reported may be attributed to a
substantial percentage of reported cases being dengue fever suspect patients,” said Bernardo.
Bernardo further clarified that once a case of dengue fever has been admitted to a
health care facility in Dagupan, the particular case is not automatically registered in the
CHO census unless the patient is a bonafide resident of the city and/or has a registered
place of study/work in the city.
“It is a known fact that a reasonably substantial percentage of patients who re
Pangasinan, La Union, and even the Ilocos Region prefer to seek medical
consultation/medication/referral in the city. It is not far-fetched therefore to surmise that at any time, a fairly significant number of patients who consult health care facilities in Dagupan are not actually residents, students or workers indigenous to the area,” said Bernardo adding that there is a possibility that some of the patients who sought/consulted were actually dengue suspect cases.
Bernardo disclosed that per the directive of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, the CHO has already fully implemented the Dengue Prevention and Control Program as early as March in the barangays through the A-B-K-D or Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue, 4 o’clock habit and 4S activities.
Fogging activities have likewise been conducted in areas where clustering of cases has
been identified while the city distributed insecticide-laced mosquito nets/curtains
around 20 public schools.
“Regular house-to-house visits in problematic areas have been conducted to
emphasize the need for sanitation and hygienic practices to curb vector proliferation,”
said Bernardo. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/August 23, 2016)