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MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- Since January until June 2 this year, the total number of dengue cases recorded for the whole province of Southern Leyte was 550, data from the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) of the Provincial Health Services Office (PHSO) showed.

This is higher compared with the same period last year, according to Joewil Napuli, disease surveillance officer.

As of June 2, the town with the highest number of cumulative dengue diseases was Saint Bernard with 185 cases, followed by San Juan town with 107, and Padre Burgos with 59 cases.

The municipality of Libagon has 30 cases, Macrohon - 29, Maasin City - 28, Sogod -- 24, Liloan -- 22, Pintuyan -- 19; Bontoc -- 14, Malitbog -- 13, and Anahawan -- 7.

The towns of Hinunangan, Hinundayan, San Francisco, and San Ricardo have three (3) cases each, and one (1) in Tomas Oppus.

Only the municipalities of Silago and Limasawa stood out as having no dengue case, for now.

Out of the total of 550 recorded cases, it was learned that 413 of them were admitted in different hospitals of the province, while two individuals succumbed to the mosquito-borne diseases, one from Brgy. Baugo, Maasin City, and the other death case came from Brgy. Buenavista, Padre Burgos.

Health workers called on people to follow the DOH-prescribed 4S in the fight against dengue, on top of being conscious about COVID-19, which is search and destroy all possible mosquito breeding grounds, self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and support fogging or spraying operations.

The 4 o’clock habit is also being advised, that is, cleaning the surrounding of one’s house, inside and outside, and throwing away stagnant water in vases and in other containers that may contain water everyday at 4 p.m. (LDL/MMP/PIA Southern Leyte)