San Jose de Buenavista, Antique – The province of Antique has been remarkably experiencing a decline of dengue cases with only 122 officially recorded from August 11 to 17.

Continuous efforts in raising awareness and several interventions affected the huge drop of dengue cases, according to Sheree Vego, Nurse II at the Integrated Provincial Health Office.

She said the Antique Provincial Integrated Surveillance and Response Unit still has to check and observe any deaths during the 33rd morbidity week, which is also the time where the drop of dengue cases was reported.

Despite the drop, the 122 cases officially reported this month also contributed to the total number of cases from January 1 to August 17 to 1,845 with nine fatalities.

Compared to the same period last year, the number of cases recorded this 2019 is 139 percent higher than the 773 cases dengue cases last year with only three reported deaths.

The top 5 municipalities in the province with the highest number of dengue cases this year are Culasi, Tibiao, Tobias Fornier, Sibalom, and San Jose de Buenavista.

Vego said the decline of dengue cases this 33rd mordibity week is the result of their continuous and untiring efforts to search and destroy mosquito breeding places, administering the distribution and installation of window screens in classrooms of 25 schools, and other solid initiatives by the local government units to alleviate the growth of mosquito breeding sites in the whole province. (RJ Espartinez)