PCMC to public over dengue death: ‘No outbreak’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2018   •   2803

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)

DOH: No recorded case of dengue transmission through sexual intercourse in Phl

Maris Federez   •   November 11, 2019

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

DOST eyes research-based techs to address dengue problem

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 5, 2019

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

Dengue cases continue to rise; 11 regions still exceed dengue alert threshold

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2019

Dengue cases in the country continue to rise with 229,736 cases and 958 deaths reported from January 1 to August 17.

Eleven regions still exceed the alert threshold for three consecutive weeks.

Based on the recent Dengue Surveillance Report, 13,327 dengue cases were recorded from August 11 to 17 with 40 deaths.

Region 1 and the National Capital Region (NCR) has exceeded the dengue alert threshold.

CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Regions 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, and BARMM, on the other hand, have exceeded the epidemic threshold.

The recorded dengue cases for from August 11-17 this year is 54% higher compared to the recorded cases last year during the same period.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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