Friday, August 24, 2012

Number of Dengue cases in Aklan, still on the rise

The statistics of the Provincial Health Office of Aklan shows a continuous increasing trend in the number of recorded dengue cases.

This is according to Aklan Provincial Health Officer II, Dr. Victor Santa Maria.

He however said that they are expecting that this statistic will go down on the last week of September as compared to their observation in 2011.

Dr. Santa Maria said that the months of August and September are the most critical period of this disease, and as it is the rainy season, there had been an increase of dengue cases.

In line with this, Santa Maria reminds the public especially the barangays to maintain not only the cleanliness of the surroundings but to get rid of the potential breeding places of mosquitoes.

Meanwhile he also revealed that based on the weekly monitoring they have conducted from January until this August there have been more than 200% increase in the number of dengue victims in the province as compared to the same time in 2011.

Nonetheless he said that in spite the surge of dengue cases this year, he clarified that the Provincial Hospital of Aklan did not encounter a problem such as the overcrowding of patients.

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