MANILA, Philippines – Dengue cases in the country has risen by 80% this year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
From January 1 to June 15 this year, the infection has hit more than 92,000 across the country.
Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo advises the public to maintain cleanliness of surroundings and do not let stored water be a breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Since there is no tested vaccine for dengue, the DOH reminds the public especially the parents to keep their children protected from mosquito bites especially during daytime.
“Ang dengue mosquito kasi nangangagat iyan simula pagsikat ng araw hanggang lumubog ang araw so ito iyong mga oras na nasa eskwela ang mga bata, (Dengue mosquitoes attack from sunrise to sunset and that covers the period when the children are in school),” Domingo explained.
“Ina- advice natin (na) kapag maraming dengue (mosquito), magpantalon, mag- medyas, magsuot ng long sleeves kung maaari at maglagay ng insect repellant para habang nasa eskwela ang mga bata ay huwag po sana silang makagat ng lamok, (We advise that when we see mosquitoes around, wear long pants, sock, long sleeves and if possible put some insect repellent while your children are in school to prevent them from dengue-carrying mosquitoes,)” he concluded. – with details from Aiko Miguel
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will purchase the cheapest vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
During his public address Monday evening (September 7), the President said he is optimistic that a vaccine will be available this September.
“I think it’s Moderna. It’s a US company. I think they are ready by September,” he said.
Aside from China, Russia also offered their COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.
The President added that the government will choose the company that will offer the cheapest vaccine since the country has limited funds.
“Pare-pareho lang naman iyan. Parehong germs iyan. Kung sino lang ang nauna magbigay sa’tin na mura, doon tayo pupunta, kasi they know that we do not have enough money. Kung mahal masyado, we will go for the less expensive ones,” Duterte said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported that it has observed a decrease in the incidence of dengue cases in the country this year.
In a statement, the DOH said the number of deaths due to dengue declined by as much as 78% from January 1 to August 15 this year.
The department noted that cases of water-borne infection diseases, influenza, leptospirosis, dengue (WILD) usually peak at the start of the rainy season in the months of July and October. But for the year 2020, there was an observed significant decrease in the number of cases compared to the same period in 2019.
According to Dr. Norielyn Evangelista, Program Manager of the National Aedes-born Viral Diseases Prevention and Control Program, around 430,282 dengue cases were recorded for the whole of 2019.
But for this year, it significantly declined to 59,675, Evangelista said.
Dengue mortalities have also dropped from 2019 with 1,612 deaths versus 231 in 2020, she added.
“After the dengue epidemic of 2019, we have been working vigorously to decrease dengue cases via a systemic approach that involves every level of the community,” Evangelista said.
The DOH official attributed the sharp decline in dengue cases to its strengthened initiatives, including surveillance, case management and diagnosis, outbreak response, and health promotion.
It also cited its cooperation with medical centers and local government units which aims to reduce WILD cases.
“Tulad ng laban kontra sa COVID-19, mas maiiwasan ang sakit kung tayo ay magtutulungan sa ating mga healthcare workers at LGUs para tuluyang masugpo ang threat ng dengue sa ating bansa,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire said.
GENEVA, Switzerland — The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday (February 11) that it takes time to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus now named COVID-19.
However, the international health body hopes to have an effective vaccine within 18 months.
“The development of vaccines and therapeutics is one important part of the research agenda. But it’s not only one part. They will take time to develop — but in the meantime, we are not defenseless,” said WHO Chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference at the agency’s headquarters.
“The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months, so we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus, while preparing for the long-term,” he added.
He noted, however, that even though WHO already named the new virus as COVID-19, there are still many unknown factors that are preventing scientists from finding an exact cure.
“It’s hard to believe that just two months ago, this virus – which has come to captivate the attention of media, financial markets and political leaders – was completely unknown to us,” Tedros said.
“To defeat this outbreak, we need answers to all those questions and more,” he added.
During briefing, the official labeled the disease as “public enemy number one” that poses a global threat, despite most of the cases being confined in mainland China.
“With 99 percent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” the official noted.
So far, Dr. Tedros said, WHO is working with countries to strengthen laboratory capacity around the world, ensuring enough supplies of testing kits and protective equipment for health workers and training them to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.
What’s important for now, he added, is for every individual to become part of the preventive strategy.
At least, he explained, individuals should be sensitive not only of his or her own health but also of the people around.
“And we’re keeping the public informed about what everyone can do to protect their own health and that of others,” he said.
“That’s why reaching out to the public directly and telling them the precautions they should take,” he added.
Dr. Tedros reiterated the basic preventive measures that people should religiously practice while there remains no cure for the coronavirus disease.
“Clean your hands regularly, either with alcohol-based rub or soap and water. Keep your distance from someone who is coughing or sneezing. And when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow,” he concluded.
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