Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dengue Cases in Aklan, dropped, Chikungunya cases, zero

Written by: Shelah Casiano

There has been a drop on dengue cases in Aklan this year.

In fact, according to Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Bong Quachon, the number of cases has lowered down to 15%.

From January 1st to June 22nd of this year, there were only 190 recorded cases, compared to the same period in 2012 where there were 226 cases.

There were also 6 recorded mortality incidents due to dengue last year, while in 2013, there were zero deaths.

This data was based on the accumulated reports from Rural Health Units, and Government and Private Hospitals.

Quachon said that most of the victims were children.

Meanwhile, when asked about Chikungunya outbreak, amid reports that there are areas in Western Visayas, particularly in Antique, affected by the disease similar to dengue, Dr. Quachon said that so far, there were no reports of existing cases from any units in Aklan.

He also confirmed that Dengue is more fatal than Chikungunya, as there were no recorded deaths with the latter, and usually occurs in adults.

All the same, the Provincial Health Officer still reminded the public to cooperate and follow the DOH's advice to prevent the mentioned diseases. 

Quachon also said that being aware of the department's advisories and programs can be of great help to avoid its spread. 

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