DOH intensifies anti-dengue campaign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Health (DOH) is strengthening its anti-dengue campaign, following a 23.5-percent rise in dengue cases nationwide.

As of September 19, the DOH recorded 92,807 dengue cases nationwide — 23.5 percent higher that last year's figure.

So far, 269 death have been recorded, which is still lower compared to last year's 316.

Most of the cases recorded are in Central Luzon, followed by Calabarzon and the National Capital Region.

Health Secretary Janette Garin said she expected more dengue cases in 2016 as the threat would be amplified by the long dry spell.

She added the dengue budget of the DOH for next year increased by 25 percent in anticipation of more cases next year.

"Supposedly, for 2016, tataas [ang kaso ng dengue] pero hindi masyado. Pero nakita talaga ang posibleng pagtaas," said Garin.

Insecticide-treated screens will be distributed at the North Fairview Elementary School in Quezon City to help lessen the cases of dengue.

The screens are treated with insecticide that can keep out dengue-carrying mosquitoes and is safe for students.

The DOH also plans to distribute 10,000 screens to selected public elementary schools nationwide.

The screens may be installed at the windows or doors of classrooms. Garin said the screens would last for five years.

Garin also visited households near the North Fairview Elementary School to check on possible mosquito-breeding sites.

Dengue-mosquito breeding sites include old tires, water containers, and any household item that collects rain water, such as old cans and bottles.

Fliers were distributed to residents to educate them on what the DOH calls the 4Ss against dengue:

search and destroy mosquito breeding sites

self-protection measures, such as using insect repellents and wearing long-sleeved light colored clothes

seeking early consultation for fever that lasts for more than two days

saying no to indiscriminate fogging