By Imelda C Rivero, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur
VIGAN CITY – The Provincial Health Office reported on Wednesday cases of mosquito borne viral disease, chikungunya, in the province.
According to Carmeliza Singson, the provincial health officer of Ilocos Sur, a total of 241 cases of Chikungunya infection were recorded from January to September this year.
July and August were the months where the highest number of cases was noted with 108 and 70, respectively.
Singson said the town with the highest number of confirmed cases is mountainous Galimuyod town with 132 cases. Of which, 85 were recorded in July and 31 in February.
The second highest case is in lowland Candon City with 28 cases in August, 21 in July and 20 in June.
Other towns affected by the virus are Santiago (16 cases in August), Lidlidda (11 cases in August), Santa Lucia (four cases in August, one in June), Santo Domingo (one in July), Sigay (one case in August) and Sinait (one case in August).
“No cases were recorded from March to May,” Singson said.
Meanwhile, the PHO reported that dengue cases in the province has dropped by 28.21 percent from 1,471 cases for the period January 1 to August 30 in 2015 to 1,095 cases for the same period this year.
The top 10 municipalities with high incidence of dengue infection this year are Cabugao (157), followed by Candon City (79); Quirino (68); Santa Lucia (64); Magsingal (59); Vigan City (58); Tagudin (55); San Juan (50); Santa Cruz (49); and Bantay ( 48).
To address chikungunya and dengue cases, the PHO has met with local health officials and has given them technical aid in the prevention and control of the diseases.
Singson also said that information materials on timeliness of fogging activities were given to them.
The PHO also met with barangay health workers and provided them with additional medicines for patients, insecticides for fogging and Ovicidal/Larvicidal Trap.
The public is also encouraged to practice 4S which stands for: Search and destroy of breeding places; Self protection with insect repellents, mosquito nets; Seek early consultation; and Say ‘No” to indiscriminate fogging.#