Leyte town declares state of health emergency due to dengue
Marje Pelayo • July 18, 2018 • 3977
LEYTE Province, Philippines – A total of 40 in 92 barangays in Baybay City in Leyte are now affected with dengue infection.
The city has currently recorded three deaths and over 200 dengue infections which prompted Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari to declare a state of health emergency
“Ang state of emergency at least we can utilize our funds for this and nag-acquire ako ng more fogging machine,” said Mayor Cari.
The LGU also sought the services of additional doctors and specialists from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 office so that patients needing medical consultations would not need to travel to Tacloban and Ormoc.
The Mayor encourages barangay officials to cooperate with the city health office in conducting a house-to-house awareness campaign to prevent the spread of dengue infection and educate every household with proper sanitation measures and how to maintain cleanliness in every barangay.
According to the data of Baybay City health officials, the increase in dengue infection began in the months of April and May.
“Nagsasagawa po kami ng comparative study way back 2016. Half year lang 58 cases lang po and then we compare sa 2018, half year pa lamang is mga almost 117 na. So parang abnormal na talaga ang trending ng aming mga cases po,” said Wayne Gunhuran of the city health office.
Health authorities advised residents to immediately consult once symptoms of dengue are being experienced particularly an on-and-off fever of up to three days. They added that dengue is serious and can be fatal especially to children if not immediately addressed. – Archyl Egano / Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) said there are no clear expert studies yet on the supposed recorded case in Spain of dengue transmission through sexual intercourse.
Based on a report, a male tested positive of dengue after having sexual intercourse with his partner who has dengue.
The health department said it was an isolated case.
“E kasi ito naman hindi siya the usual, this is very atypical. So, the chances of its spreading via that route are very low,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
Sec. Duque said the DOH is rather concerned over unprotected sex which causes an increase in the number of HIV-AIDS cases in the country.
He added that the alleged transmission of dengue virus through sexual intercourse will remain theoretical or mere speculation.
He underscored that the Philippines has yet to record a similar case of dengue transmission.
The department, he said, is pushing for safe sex and clean living, especially this year when the country is recording an average of 35 individuals who are HIV positive daily.
“I will not be worried that there can be an epidemic of dengue via that route because there already is with mosquitoes. So, I would be worried for lack of protection primarily because we don’t want anymore HIV-AIDS cases as much as possible. So incidental lang iyong isa e to the main issue of unprotected sex. It’s a (very) collateral issue,” Duque said. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) wants to look into research-based technologies to address the dengue problem in the country.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said the department has funded several research projects and programs to aid in addressing the different aspects of the disease.
“Through the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, we have funded a number of research projects and programs consistent with the multi-prong approach in the control of dengue that address different aspects such as diagnosis and treatment,” he said.
One of the researches supported by the DOST is the Biotek M which is a rapid diagnostic test for dengue. This kit can diagnose dengue as early as two to three days after the onset of illness.
They are also looking into a possible herbal medicine for dengue.
“Dengue research and development has always been one of the priority research areas in the country. This is stated in the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda led by the DOST,” said Sec. de la Peña.—AAC
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