Update on GIS Based Dengue Project

September 11, 2020

Dengue predictors known in study

12 September 2020 - Several predictors for mosquito-borne Dengue disease include urbanization, interconnected housing, Land Surface Temperature (LST) and hydrology.

These were the findings of a Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded study done by a school-based research team and presented last Monday to Mayor Benjamin Magalong, city hall department heads and several councilors.

The five-year study for Dengue ending 2017 used socio-demographic factors and physical attributes and plotting of dengue cases through the Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping. The study is part of the University of the Cordillera's Geospatial Assessment and Modelling of Urban Heat Islands in Philippine Cities 2020 (Project GUHeat).

The study provides recommendation for health policy and programs as it shows the location maps of Dengue cases for 5 years from 2013 to 2017, with 0 to 499 cases.

As to the study, Dengue thrives in areas of urbanization, where a large number of individuals converge in a relatively small space; interconnected houses; LST, the radiative temperature of land surface influenced by energy between ground and vegetation, and hydrology, water's movement in relation to land.

Mitigation practices and crafting of policies against dengue and prioritization of significant barangays are included as objectives of the study.

According to research team head Engr. Nathaniel Lubrica, the data, database analysis, and findings shall be turned over to the Department of Health and concerned agencies for utilization and as public health model.

Published in the Public Information Office - City of Baguio Facebook Page issued September 12, 2020 | Article by Julie G. Fianza

Source: PIO - Baguio City FB Page

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