Experts see rise in number of COVID-19 critical cases while curve slowly flattens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2020   •   174

As the daily number of COVID-19 cases in the country slowly drops, experts on the other hand worry about the increasing number of recorded critical and severe cases.

Doctors at the Philippine College of Physicians said the country is gradually flattening of the curve but reminds the public not to be complacent.

Based on records from the Department of Health, the number of severe cases reported on August 1 was at 350, but it nearly doubled in a month reaching 620 by September 1.

Critical cases also went up from 246 to 908 cases. The total number of critical and severe cases as of September 21 stood at 742 and 1,718, respectively.

PCP Vice President Dr. Maricar Limpin said they still do not recommend the removal of quarantine restrictions to prevent the increase of COVID-19 patients.

Hindi po tayo pwedeng mag-relax, at kung titignan natin sa ngayon pataas nang pataas ang dami ng mga kaso ng severe o kaya critical. Marami kaming nakikitang kaso na mas severe at kakailanganin talagang maipasok sa ICU (We still cannot relax and if we can review, the cases of severe or critical continue to increase. We see a lot of more severe cases that need to be admitted in ICUs),” she said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Philippine College of Physicians to help identify individuals vaccinated with Dengvaxia by private pediatricians

UNTV News   •   December 13, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) has expressed concern over the condition of the more than 800-thousand children who received Dengvaxia vaccine under the government’s mass immunization program.

The PCP is more worried about the children who received the vaccination from private doctors.

With this, the group of doctors vowed to help the Department of Health (DOH) in identifying the individuals vaccinated with Dengvaxia by private pediatricians.

“It’s a call for all of us to make sure that these preventable diseases particularly the vaccine-preventable diseases should be adequately addressed by making sure that we look at of course the efficacy as well as the safety of the vaccines,” said Dr. Mario Panaligan of Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Fatima Gimenez, a pediatrician who specializes in contagious diseases said they will immediately submit lists of names of individuals who received the vaccine in private medical facilities to the Health Department.

“We’ve been asked to give a list to the Department of Health of all the names of the people . . . and then we will monitor for the next couple of years,” she said.

The doctors reminded parents to immediately bring their children to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue begins to show after receiving Dengvaxia.

“Importante sa Dengue siyempre iyong hydration o pagbibigay ng fluids. Very crucial. Sabi ko nga lumalapot ang dugo. Fluid ang pinaka- importante diyan. Hindi dapat matakot sa pagdudugo kundi sa paglapot ng dugo,” Panaligan said.

(What’s important when addressing dengue is hydration or the administration of more fluids. It’s very crucial. When the blood thickens, you should drink more fluids. They should not fear the bleeding, but the thickening of blood.)

Malacañang, meanwhile, has once again vowed to hold accountable the individuals responsible for the purchase and distribution of the controversial vaccine.

The Palace said the President also wants to demand from the pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur to return the amount the Philippine government paid them.

Malacañang noted this is for the manufacturer’s alleged willful hiding of information about the negative effects of Dengvaxia to people who received it without prior dengue infection. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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