LEGAZPI CITY- Despite the onset of rainy season, Albay has noted a dramatic decline in the number of dengue cases from the month of January to July this year, as compared to the same period last year.
In a data released by the provincial government, Albay registered an 83% decline wherein from January to July this year, there are a total of 114 cases, compared to 685 of same period last year.
Among the municipalities with zero dengue prevalence this year are Malilipot, Malinao, rapu-Rapu and Tiwi. Last year they have 1, 3, 6 and 15 cases respectively.
Tabaco City’s dengue case plunged from 101 last year to 2 cases this year, Ligao has 18 cases in 2010 and 1 this year, Daraga also has a significant drop in the number of cases from 180 to 22. Legazpi likewise registered a huge decline from 287 to 39 cases.
In Manito, 5 cases were registered last year and 1 this year. Pioduran has 14 cases in 2010 and 1 this year, Camalig’s dengue occurrence also drop from 24 to 7, Bacacay from 8 to 4 and Polangui from 7 to 5.
Oas and Guinobatan registered same number of cases in 2010 and 2011, with 2 and 13 respectively.
Meanwhile, Santo Domingo’s dengue cases increase from 9 last year to 10 this year, Jovellar from 1 last year to 2 this year and Libon has five cases this year compare to 1 last 2010.
The dramatic decrease in dengue cases in Albay resulted from the massive campaign of the Provincial Health Office and Department of Health against the deadly disease. (Joyce M. Mejillano)