ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 19 (PIA) – Hospitals in the city are reportedly full as dengue cases continue to surge here, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
The DOH and Zamboanga City Health Office (CHO) reported as of January to July 2019, dengue cases increased compared to the previous year. There are a total of 3,046 dengue cases and 19 deaths in Zamboanga City.
Dr. Wilbur Natividad, CHO Dengue Program Coordinator clarified that they still cannot consider the cases epidemic in the city until it has reached a certain level of the recorded cases in a month. “We have intensified information dissemination in our barangays for awareness,” Dr. Natividad said.
Most of the victims of dengue cases are children from 1 to 11 years old. The CHO strongly advises the parents to use protection such as anti-mosquito lotions for the children and for adults alike. The Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) already set up dengue fast lanes to accommodate the patients and give immediate medication.
There are 10 identified barangays in the city as of January to July 2019 with the most number of cases recorded. Barangay Talon-Talon is recorded with the highest number of cases followed by Barangays Tugbungan, Calarian, Tumaga, Pasonanca, Sta. Maria, San Roque, Tetuan, Baliwasan and Ayala.
The local government of Zamboanga and CHO are continuously conducting clean-up drives in these barangays to eliminate stagnant water in the areas especially in the households. Furthermore, Dr. Mary Rose Bugtai, head of DOH IX Infectious Cluster emphasized that the LGU and the residents should also come together and collaborate with the mitigating measures they are conducting, specifically the practicing of 4S Kontra Dengue.
Dr. Natividad also advises the public to bring the patients immediately to the hospital if they are experiencing the symptoms. If the patient has a fever for two days, it is advisable to bring them to the hospital for monitoring and preventing the progression of dengue. (ALT/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)
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