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PCMC to public over dengue death: ‘No outbreak’

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The administration of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center has allayed public fears over an alleged outbreak of dengue in the facility following the death of a doctor due to severe dengue.

On Monday, September 24, the hospital’s executive director Dr. Julious Lecciones assured in an interview that there is no reason for patients and visitors to refrain from going into the facility.

“Hindi naman ang ospital ngayon na kung pumunta ka ay magkaka- dengue ka rito sa ospital, that we assure the public…hindi nila dapat katakutan ang pagpunta sa Ospital,” Lecciones said.

He stressed that there is no outbreak of dengue within the facility. In fact, it is one of the hospitals that treat emergency cases of dengue.

“Ang PCMC ay isa sa mga hospital na tumatanggap ng mahihirap na kaso at kabilang na iyan – ang dengue – na kung dalhin sa amin ay talaga nga namang maa- ICU na ang karamihan sa kanila at sa ngayon sila ang nakakapuno sa ICU naming,” Lecciones explained.

The PCMC appeals to the public not to link the incident to Dengvaxia as it is a different concern and also in respect of the doctor’s family and colleagues as they grieve the loss of a dedicated pediatric surgeon.

“Wala po sa mga doktor namin …wala pong nabakunahan ng Dengvaxia,” he assured.

To prevent further spread of dengue, the hospital management ordered a continuous cleaning, misting and fogging especially at the hospital’s outpatient ward where the five doctors contracted dengue.

“Tuloy- tuoy nga ang aming pag- search and destroy. Tuloy- tuloy ang general cleaning sa buong hospital. In fact, nitong weekend talagang nagkaroon ng malawakang paglilinis. Nag-mist and spraying ng insecticide at kasama na rin doon ang fogging para lang matanggal o mawala ang mga lamok na ito,” said Dr. Socia Gonzales, PCMC’s spokesperson.

All 1,020 employees were also ordered for a general check-up to ensure that no one else has contracted the disease.

The hospital management has also coordinated with the local government of Quezon City to intensify information and awareness campaign so that residents in the surrounding area of PCMC will be warned to protect against dengue.

All visitors are also being strictly checked especially arriving children as they are the most vulnerable to any kinds of diseases.

The PCMC is expecting for the arrival of representatives from the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM for the overall checking and evaluation on the health conditions of all staff, doctors, and patients within the facility. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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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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DOH: Dengue cases up by 80% compared with 2018

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

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

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Ways to stay healthy this wet season

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Filipinos wade in a flooded street during a downpour in Quezon City, Philippines. (Ritchie Tongo/PVI)

MANILA, Philippines – Rainy season has officially started in the country.

But apart from preparing and bringing umbrella, coats, boots and other rain gears, the public is urged anew to take simple health precautions to ward off diseases common at this time of the year.

Among the common illnesses during wet season are influenza, dengue fever and leptospirosis.

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious and year-round disease but usually peaks during the rainy season.

To prevent coming down with the flu, health authorities are encouraging the public to get a vaccine against the virus and to boost the immune system by having a healthy diet.

Frequent and proper handwashing can also be one’s defense against the flu virus.

During rainy season, a spike in the number of leptospirosis cases is also observed. Humans may contract leptospirosis through skin abrasions and the mucus of the nose, mouth and eyes when wading in flood waters contaminated with animal urine, particularly from rats.

To avoid getting leptospirosis, one should wear boots or cover open wounds or broken skin if wading through floodwaters is inevitable.

The public is also reminded to take precautions against dengue fever which usually peaks during the wet season.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti.

To prevent contracting dengue virus, the public is urged to take these safety precautions, including searching for and destroying the breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes, wearing long sleeved shirts, using insect repellants and seeking early medical attention for fevers.

Health authorities also strongly advises the public against self-medication, especially when dealing with antibiotic medicines, as it can lead to antimicrobial resistance.

The World Health Organization defines anti-microbial resistance as the ability of a microorganism to stop an anti-microbial medication from working against it.

The DOH advises the public to immediately seek proper medical advice if they are experiencing symptoms of any diseases. (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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