Dengue cases hit 36,000; death toll reaches 140

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 9, 2019   •   2787

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported an increase in the number of dengue cases in the country which has reached 36,664 from January 1 to February 23, with 140 deaths.

Based on the data of DOH Epidemiology Bureau, the reported dengue cases this year is 14,703 higher compared to the 21,961 cases recorded during the same period in 2018.

Meanwhile, dengue cases in Central Visayas have increased to 4,089 cases with 29 deaths. The region recorded the highest number of cases.

The National Capital Region (NCR) has recorded 3,821 dengue cases while the Caraga region has 3,878.

Aside from dengue cases, the health department continues to record an increase in measles cases in the country as well as rabies cases.—Aileen Cerrudo

READ: Rabies vaccine in short supply—DOH

Burial for COVID-19 victims allowed but should be done within 12 hours—DOH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

Burial for victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is allowed but should be done within 12 hours, according to the guidelines implemented by the Department of Health (DOH).

“We are still following our Code on Sanitation dito sa ating bansa and ang Law for Notifiable Diseases. Nakalagay dito na ang isang pasyenteng mamamatay sa infectious disease, kailangan within 12 hours mailibing natin, (We are still following our Code on Sanitation and Law for Notifiable Disease in our country. It is stated that a patient who succumbed to an infectious disease should be buried within 12 hours),” according to the statement of DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.

The protocols for the burial of COVID-19 victims is based on the Department Circular No. 0067 released in February.

Vergeire also said the casket should be double sealed and should not be reopened once it is closed. She added that buried remains of patients infected with the novel coronavirus shall not be exhumed for whatever reason.

The DOH said they are aware of the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths and the long queues in crematoriums. There are also reports of dwindling supply of urns. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOH still allows home quarantine but under strict guidelines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that home quarantine is still allowed provided it passes strict health and safety guidelines.

DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said a home quarantine should meet several conditions otherwise a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient should stay in the isolation facilities provided by their local government.

Kailangan may sarili silang kuwarto at may sariling banyo sa bahay. Pangalawa, masisiguro na may adequate monitoring sa kanila. Kung hindi natin maco-comply conditions, the best pa rin talaga ang Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (They need to have their own room and bathroom at home. Secondly, there should be adequate monitoring. If they cannot comply with the conditions, it is best if they are transferred to the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility),she said.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on Sunday (July 12) discouraged home quarantine for mild COVID-19 patients due to the risk of spreading the disease at home. –AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Philippines COVID-19 cases spike to 56,259

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday (July 13) a total of 56,259 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

A total of 2,124 positive cases were added based on the total tests done by 67 out of 82 current operational labs, bringing the total number of active cases to 38,679.

Meanwhile, the DOH also announced 2,009 new recoveries bringing the total number to 16,046.

However, the agency also reported 162 new deaths. 

The DOH on Monday started its new format of reporting wherein it highlighted the active cases and removed distinction of fresh and late cases. 

The agency failed to publish a report on Sunday (July 12) to work on the new format of reporting. 

According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the rise in the number of deaths and recoveries are due to the reconciliation of records between the DOH and the local government units.

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