MANILA - The number of dengue cases doubled in Taguig in the first 8 months of this year, compared to same period in 2018, the Department of Health (DOH said Sunday, adding that the mosquito-borne disease also saw a spike in 9 other cities in Metro Manila.
From January 1 to August 3, Taguig tallied 490 dengue cases, up 102 percent from 243 cases last year, according to DOH records.
Malabon City came in second with 513 cases this year from 282 in 2018, said the health department.
Parañaque, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Makati and San Juan also saw higher incidence of dengue this year, the DOH said.
Across Metro Manila, the total number of dengue cases has reached 10,349 with 45 deaths.
Quezon City recorded the most number of deaths with 24, followed by Manila with 5 and Caloocan City with 4.
Taguig, Valenzuela, Marikina and Pasig recorded 2 deaths each, while Malabon, Navotas, Parañaque and Pasay recorded one death each.
While Quezon City reported the highest incidence of dengue deaths, it recorded 3,502 cases as of Aug. 10, which is 15 percent lower than last year's 4,520 cases, said the local health office.
The decline is due to the city’s cleanup drive and tests that can detect whether or not a patient has dengue even during the first days of their fever, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News.
Belmonte said she is hopeful that dengue cases in her city will further drop due to ongoing operations that destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes and remove illegal structures from streets.
“Tuluy-tuloy din po tayo sa ating search and destroy method, as well as spraying sa mga barangay,” the mayor said.
“Ang residents na rin mismo aware sa dapat nilang gawin. That is the campaign we are undertaking,” she added.
(Our search and destroy method is continuous, as well as spraying in the barangay. The residents, too, are aware of what they should do.
Fairview, Payatas, Commonwealth, Holy Spirit and Batasan Hills barangays have the highest number of dengue cases and majority of patients are children, said Belmonte.
Belmonte on Tuesday will sign a memo encouraging Quezon City schools to allow their students to wear mosquito patches on their uniforms.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III assured that hospitals have enough supply for the additional influx of dengue patients.
"Meron ding tulong ang Philippine Red Cross sa panahon ng krisis. 'Pag nagkakomplikasyon ang dengue at kailangan ng dugo, ang mga ospital natin lagi namang handa tumulong,” he told radio DZMM.
(The Philippine Red Cross also helps in times of crisis. If dengue patients experience complications and need blood, our hospital are always ready to help.)
The Health department has monitored 188,562 dengue cases nationwide from January 1 to August 3, up from 93,149 cases recorded during the same period last year.