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)
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
MANILA, Philippines – Dengue cases reported in the Philippines have reached more than 208,000 from January 1 to August 10 this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday.
The DOH said this figure is higher than the 102, 298 cases recorded in the same period last year.
Of this number, 900 deaths were reported.
Data from the DOH revealed that ten regions including the National Capital Region (NCR) have exceeded the Dengue Epidemic Threshold for the said period.
DOH Dengue Surveillance Report also showed that Region 6 (Western Visayas) had the most number of cases at 23,330 followed by Region 4-A (Calabarzon) with 16,515, Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) with 12,317, Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) with 11,455 and Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) with 11,083 cases.
In San Lazaro Hospital in Manila alone, at least 100 patients infected with dengue are being monitored daily since July.
According to San Lazaro Hospital Spokesperson Ferdinand de Guzman, the number of dengue cases is seen to rise in the coming months.
“We’re only in August, just August, so we still have months to come with rains. So, in fact, we feel the dengue season started late this year, although in the provinces there are already cases and the Department of Health’s predictions have been right, we might see so many cases of dengue,” he said.
“We still expect to see cases of dengue until the end of the year, so until the rains are here, there will still be dengue cases, so we have to be careful,” he added.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection contracted through a bite of dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. These mosquitoes can lay eggs in containers or spaces that can hold water, even plant pots with stagnant water.
Symptoms of the dengue fever include sudden onset of fever for two to seven days along with headache, rashes, fatigue, joint and muscle pains, pain behind the eyes, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.
The DOH has been calling on the public to help prevent and control the spread of dengue by maintaining cleanliness and searching and destroying mosquito breeding sites. (RRD with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
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