Coastal barangay of San Juan in Molo district topped Iloilo City’s list with most number of mosquito-borne dengue cases totaling 23 as of June 2019.
It was also listed in the top 10 dengue-stricken villages since 2017, City Health Office (CHO) data showed.
From January to June this year, the rest of top 10 dengue-affected barangays include So-oc, Arevalo with 20 cases; Calumpang, Molo with 14 cases; Q. Abeto, Mandurriao with 12 cases; Balabago and neighboring Tacas and Tabuc Suba, Jaro with 11 cases each; Navais, Mandurriao with 10 cases; and Tagbac, Jaro and Zamora-Melliza, City Proper with nine cases each.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas has reiterated massive cleanup to get rid of breeding places of mosquitoes which usually thrive in stagnant water and dark areas. He is set to issue an executive order to that effect.
The urgent health advisory is relative to rising dengue cases with 388.2 percent increase or 597 cases with five deaths during the first half of the year. There were a total of 878 dengue cases with six deaths last year.
Dengue is a viral disease which the infection causes flu-like illness and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. (Iloilo City PIO)