According to the Department of Health (DOH) region IX that dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose to 81 percent. Cases had reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019.
Based on their reports, Zamboanga City informed 719 dengue cases, a 213% upsurge likened to the same period last year which recorded only 230 cases.
Zamboanga del Norte, on the other hand, documented 499 cases which is a 222 percent rise from last year’s 155 cases.
Elsewhere in Zamboanga Sibugay chronicled 175 dengue cases; Isabela City, Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur with 251.
The DOH prompts residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue and pest control and monitoring of the mosquito population.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously stated, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”