Dengue deaths in Bukidnon triple in 2018

This is really alarming news. According to the Bukidnon Provincial Health Office Chief, the number of deaths in Bukidnon allegedly caused by dengue has tripled in 2018. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease.

A PNA news report written by Bukidnon-based reporter Mel Madera stated that Bukidnon recorded 6,935 suspected dengue cases in 2018. In 2017, the number of suspected dengue cases was only 2,171.

PHO Chief Dr. Ricardo Reyes stressed that the number only indicates “suspected” cases since some incidents are still being verified.

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Still, the number is alarming and we can’t help but ask what’s been going on?

What were the lapses? Should the local government units be made responsible? Was the public not warned enough? Was there not enough information dissemination on the risks, prevention and treatment of dengue?

According to the report, these are the Bukidnon areas that had the most number of suspected dengue deaths:

Malaybalay City – 5 deaths

Valencia City – 4 deaths

Quezon, Bukidnon – 3 deaths

Malitbog and Kadingilan – 2 deaths

Damulog, Don Carlos, Kalilangan, Kibawe, Manolo Fortich, Maramag, Pangantucan, and Talakag – 1 per municipality died because of dengue

Most of the deaths belong to the 1 to 5 age group.

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