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Iloilo province declared dengue outbreak

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Governor Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. declared on Friday (July 5) dengue outbreak in the entire province of Iloilo.

Defensor signed and issued Executive Order No. 2019-016 to intensify measures to lower the spread of the infection.

The governor also directed all district and provincial hospitals “to extend free service and necessary assistance” to all patients with dengue.

Likewise, he calls on all local government units (LGUs) and municipal health offices across the province to conduct “Do Day Kontra Dengue Drive” or province-wide cleanup operations every Saturday starting July 6.

According to the provincial government, there are now 3,897 dengue cases recorded in the province of Iloilo since January 1, 2019.

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Cavite, several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay under state of calamity due to dengue

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

A child suffering from dengue fever receives medical treatment at an isolation ward of a government-run hospital in Manila, Philippines, 16 July 2019. (Photoville International)

Cavite and several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay are under a state of calamity due to the increasing number of dengue cases in the province.

Based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH), the number of dengue cases in Cavite went up to 3,605 from January to July 13 this year. This is higher than the 2,670 cases recorded in 2018.

Around 18 patients have already died due to the illness this year.

Meanwhile, dengue cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula also increased to 9,104 with over 30 deaths.

According to DOH IX, several areas in Cavite and in Zamboanga have already declared a state of calamity. These areas include Ipil, Kabasalan, Buug, and Diplahan.

DOH IX Infectious Cluster Dr. Mary Rose Bugtai said the local government will be able to use the calamity fund to address the dengue situation in their area.

“To address the current situation like the want to purchase more commodities for integrated vector management like our larvae site like our spray cans for misting and other commodities used for dengue outbreak,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.

According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.

“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.

“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.

On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.

The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.

“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.

Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.

Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.

The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.

Install protections such as window and door screens.

Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.

The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.

The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel

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DILG orders LGUs to conduct clean up drive to contain dengue spread

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The local government of Island Garden City of Samal Davao del Norte conducts mosquito fogging to combat the dengue outbreak on July 16, 2019 | Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano/Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday (July 17) directed local government units (LGU) to immediately undertake clean up drives to contain the spread of dengue.

“The alarming increase of dengue cases in several areas should prompt LGUs to act now and act fast in arresting the spread of dengue in their respective areas. We should not allow dengue to debilitate our communities,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

Año issued the statement days after Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III declared a “National Dengue Alert” amid spiking number of dengue cases in the country.

The DOH earlier reported it has identified regions with raised dengue alerts exceeding the epidemic threshold, namely MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), Western Visayas (Region VI), Central Visayas (Region VII), and Northern Mindanao (Region X).

Meanwhile, the Ilocos region (Region I), Cagayan Valley (Region II), CALABARZON (Region IV-A), Bicol region (Region V), Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX), Davao region (Region XI), Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are identified as regions that have exceeded the alert threshold.

READ: DOH declares dengue alert in several regions

The DILG chief urged the LGUs to coordinate with DOH representatives in identifying the breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes and learning the necessary steps to effectively eliminate mosquitoes.

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“We must increase our efforts in addressing the dengue infection especially during this rainy season when cases are expected to rise,” Año said.

He also called on local government officials to mobilize residents to participate in clean-up drives to eliminate breeding areas of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

“Lahat tayo ay magtulong-tulong at kumilos na. Huwag nating iasa na lang sa gobyerno ang paglilinis at pagsisinop sa ating mga kapaligiran para maiwasan ang dengue,” he said.

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