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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Philippines : Maguindanao dengue cases on the rise

Via Manila Times :

" COTABATO City: A provincial health official on Wednesday has expressed alarm over the dengue cases in the province of Maguindanao.

Dr. Tahir Sulaik, Maguindanao provincial health officer, said they have documented in the province from January 1 to June 15 at total of 106 dengue cases with one fatality, which is a 60-percent increase over the 66 cases with no deaths that was recorded for the whole of 2009.

Sulaik gave an assurance that they have intensified their campaign against dengue in the entire of Maguindanao.

He said majority of those infected including the lone fatality were residents of Barangay Awang in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, which has a population of around 22,000.

The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of Maguindanao is also seeking to enlist the help of all stakeholders in combating against dengue and launched on Wednesday the observance of Dengue Awareness Month in Barangay Awang."

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