Health exec calls for vigilance vs. dengue, chikungunya

MANlLA The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday advised the public that vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya have already reached its peak season.

In a radio interview, Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo said clustered cases of dengue and chikungunya started in Cavite and other places last June.

Nagkaroon na din sa ilocos, Batanes and Nueva Ecija, sa Pangasinan meron na din clustering of cases kaya pinapaaalahanan din natin ang ating mga kababayan na panahon na talaga ng dengue ngayon (There had been clustering of cases also in Ilocos, Batanes, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan so we're reminding our country men that it is already dengue season), he said.

When asked if dengue is difficult to prevent due to climate change, Domingo said it can be prevented despite climate change because it is carried by mosquitoes.

Galing talaga siya sa lamok at ang lamok, mahilig siya sa fresh, malinis na tubig. Pagkatapos ng ulan, dapat lahat ng naiipon, naiimbak na tubig lilinisin natin, itutumba para di dumami ang lamok (It comes from mosquitoes and mosquitoes, they like fresh, clean water. After the rain, all stored water must be cleaned, thrown away so that mosquitoes will not multiply), he said.

In the case of outbreaks or clustering, Domingo suggested that citizens in the affected areas immediately report to authorities immediately such cases so that selective fogging can be done to eliminate the spread of mosquitoes.

Domingo said the mortality rate of dengue remains the same about less than one and a half percent but DOH does not want anyone to contract the disease.

He added there are no fatalities with regard to chikungunya as all patients manage to recover immediately.

The latest data from DOH showed around 590 dengue cases were reported to the Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response from July 8 to 14 this year, which is 82 percent lower than the reported cases during the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the total number of reported dengue cases nationwide from January 1 to July 14 this year is 58,101, which is higher by 827 cases compared to the same period last year.

The five regions with the highest reported cases include Regions 3 (Central Luzon), 4-A (Calabarzon), 6 (Western Visayas), 10 (Northern Mindanao) and the National Capital Region.

Domingo reminded the public to go a health center once they experience high fever, severe headache and body aches and pains so they can be examined immediately.

Kapag tuluy-tuloy lalo three days, kailangan patingnan na agad. Ayaw nating umabot sa grabe, may pasa-pasa, dumudugo sa ilong. Pag ganon mahirap na gamutin (If consecutive three days, have a consultation right away to prevent reaching severe level like bruises, nose bleeding, that's difficult to cure), he said.

Domingo added that reported cases of leptospirosis have increased due to flooding last week.

After one week dumadami na naman ang kaso puno na naman ang (the cases have increasedthey're filled again the) National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and East Avenueang gym ng NKTI parang ginawa na namang (the NKTI gym is like an) emergency ward for leptospirosis," he said.

Citing that there are 19 cases at NKTI and 17 cases at East Avenue Medical Center, Domingo urged those who waded through flooded areas last week to go to the nearest health center for a checkup.

The latest data from DOH showed around 59 reported cases of leptospirosis from the period of July 8 to 14 this year, which is 55 percent higher compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the total of reported leptospirosis cases nationwide from January 1 to July 14 this year is 1,761 while there were only 906 reported cases for the same period last year. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency