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400 children who received Dengvaxia injection, tested positive of dengue

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, January 27th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Based on the figures released by the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, 725 children had been hospitalized due to the adverse effects of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia from March 2016 to January 2018.

More than half of them were confirmed to have contracted dengue.

The DOH is also examining 26 Dengvaxia related deaths.

“From March 2016 to January 19, the reported death was 21 but from this week since last week until this week we have another of five deaths a total of 26,” said DOH Asec Ma. Francia Laxamana.

Meanwhile, experts from the UP-PGH conducted another meeting to finalize the report it will release in line with the clinical analysis it conducted on the anti-dengue vaccine.

The DOH Region 11 also calls on private pediatricians to submit the list of their patients who received the controversial Dengvaxia.

Although the region of Davao was not part of the pilot testing area, 200 children there were vaccinated by private doctors.

“What we did was, we wrote a letter to their association, the Philippine Pediatric Society because they were the ones who did most of the vaccinations. We call on them to give us a list of names,” said Dr. Cleo Fe M. Tabada.

Meanwhile, former Health Sec. Janette Garin has once again emphasized that she is ready to face any liabilities in case the Dengvaxia vaccines can be proven to cause negative side effects to individuals without prior dengue infection.

“Sa parte ko naman ay paninidigan ko na ito ay deisisyon ng buong institution, ginawa namin base sa datos ng panahon na iyon at base sabatayan na patuloy nadumarami ang nagkaka-dengue at ito ay walang gamot,”said Garin.

(For my part, I affirm that this was the decision of the whole institution. We did it based on the available data at that time, and on the fact that the number of dengue infections was increasing, and that there was no cure.) — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue


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100% increase in Dengue cases alarms Nueva Ecija

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018


NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – A total of 1,538 cases of dengue infection was recorded in Nueva Ecija in the period of January to July of this year.

The figure is almost triple the number of cases during the same period last year which recorded 566 cases.

The Provincial Health Office expressed concern over the surge of dengue infection. Most of the cases were recorded in Cabanatuan and Bongabon with 307 and 79 cases respectively.

According to Dr. Benjamin Lopez, the spread of dengue infection was due to flood and unclean surroundings left by monsoon rains that established breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

The PHO is working double time to destroy such breeding grounds to prevent further spread of dengue infection.

“Iyon pong pagtutok sa search and destroy, pagba-bahay-bahay, talagang tinitignan ang mga pinamumugaran ng lamok. Ang priority po natin ang ating schools dahil karamihan po at majority po ng cases po natin ay nasa school-age children,” explained Lopez.

To date, dengue has claimed the lives of 10 individuals in the province, according to Lopez, mostly between the ages of 6 and 12.

Nevertheless, the PHO assured they have enough supply of medicine and larvicide for prevention.

Health authorities remind the public to immediately seek professional help once symptoms of dengue infection occur. – Danny Munar / Marje Pelayo

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DOH warns of upsurge in dengue, leptospirosis infections amid nonstop rains

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) sees spike in the number of dengue and leptospirosis cases following the series of downpours that caused flooding in some areas.

 According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, reported leptospirosis cases have reached 623 from January 1 to July 14 this year with 68 deaths.

While dengue cases rose to 8,223 which is 17% higher than the reported cases in the same period last year.

“This rainy season of the last 2- 3 days, we expect again an upsurge in the number of leptospirosis and dengue cases…It’s always alarming if we have deaths so certainly because we have reported deaths,” Duque said.

The DOH previously declared an outbreak on leptospirosis in 29 villages in Metro Manila. Most of the cases were reported in Quezon City which reached 201.

In order to prevent any increase in the said number and to make the residents aware of the symptoms and prevention of dengue and leptospirosis, Duque made rounds in some flooded villages on Wednesday (July 18).

Secretary Duque reminds the public to seek medical consultation when symptoms appear instead of just taking doxycycline as this may lead to antimicrobial resistance.

“So kung hindi naman nalusong sa baha, wala ring epekto naman. Mahirap lang baka magkaroon pa ng antimicrobial resistance which is something that we would like to avoid.”

Duque further advises the public to seek a doctor’s advice on the correct antibiotic to use because doxycycline is not suitable to be taken by everyone such as pregnant women. –  UNTV News and Rescue

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Leyte town declares state of health emergency due to dengue

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

LEYTE Province, Philippines – A total of 40 in 92 barangays in Baybay City in Leyte are now affected with dengue infection.

The city has currently recorded three deaths and over 200 dengue infections which prompted Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari to declare a state of health emergency

“Ang state of emergency at least we can utilize our funds for this and nag-acquire ako ng more fogging machine,” said Mayor Cari.

The LGU also sought the services of additional doctors and specialists from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 office so that patients needing medical consultations would not need to travel to Tacloban and Ormoc.

The Mayor encourages barangay officials to cooperate with the city health office in conducting a house-to-house awareness campaign to prevent the spread of dengue infection and educate every household with proper sanitation measures and how to maintain cleanliness in every barangay.

According to the data of Baybay City health officials, the increase in dengue infection began in the months of  April and May.

“Nagsasagawa po kami ng comparative study way back 2016. Half year lang 58 cases lang po and then we compare sa 2018, half year pa lamang is mga almost 117 na. So parang abnormal na talaga ang trending ng aming mga cases po,” said Wayne Gunhuran of the city health office.

Health authorities advised residents to immediately consult once symptoms of dengue are being experienced particularly an on-and-off fever of up to three days. They added that dengue is serious and can be fatal especially to children if not immediately addressed. – Archyl Egano / Marje Pelayo

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