About 530 dengue patients are now confined at Benguet General Hospital from January to July this year.
According to Dr. Maria Imelda Ulep, chief of Hospital 3 of Benguet General Hospital, the hospital has a capacity of up to 150 beds only.
“Since we are receiving a large volume of dengue-infected patients, our main building has become congested. So, we are asking for assistance from Red Cross to establish field tents,” said Dr. Ulep.
Thus, field tents were put up in a gymnasium in La Trinidad with the help of the local government of Benguet and the Philippine Red Cross.
They also established basic health care units and dengue fast lanes.
Dr. Ulep says the tents can accommodate 60 to 100 patients.
So far, only 13 patients are confined inside the field tent, 10 of them are under observation.
“My platelet fluctuated to 5-50 since Tuesday last week. I had muscle pains and rashes,” said dengue pateint Michelle Calacal.
“That, I didn’t know. It was morning of Sunday when I experienced headache. At six in the evening on that day, I lost my appetite,” narrated Lito Philip, dengue patient.
Based on data from Provincial Health Office, there are a total of 3, 488 dengue cases in Cordillera Administrative Region. The highest number recorded is in Benguet with 1, 493; followed by Baguio City with 1,199 cases.
For this reason, DOH-Benguet is continuously encouraging the public to wear long sleeves, use mosquito nets and apply insect repellant and observe measures to prevent dengue infection.
(GRACE DOCTOLERO UNTV NEWS & RESCUE)