Philippine Daily Inquirer

DENGUE OUT­BREAK DE­CLARED OVER 10 OZAMIZ VIL­LAGES

- —ER­WIN MASCARIÑAS INQ Health

OZAMIZ CITY— Lo­cal health of­fi­cials de­clared a dengue out­break over 10 vil­lages in this city af­ter 483 peo­ple were re­ported to be in­fected by the mosquito­borne dis­ease from Jan­uary to June, lead­ing to 10 deaths.

The Ozamiz City health of­fice said the vil­lages of Ti­nago, Man­ing­col, Aguada, Bañadero, Malubang, Tri­unfo, Catad­man, Car­men An­nex, Carangan and Molicay recorded the high­est num­ber of dengue pa­tients.

Dr. Holly Tago, Ozamiz health of­fi­cer, said lat­est dis­ease sur­veil­lance re­ports showed an “un­usual surge” of dengue cases in the 10 vil­lages.

“Data anal­y­sis sug­gests that if such trend will con­tinue, we will be fac­ing a much wide­spread health prob­lem,” Tago said.

“Our data showed that fig­ures within the [first] six months of 2018 al­ready sur­pass [fig­ures for] 2017. For the en­tire 2017, we had 200 cases,” she said.

The high­est num­ber of dengue cases was recorded in Ozamiz four years ago, at 521.

“We fear that if we won’t act swiftly ... we [will] see over 1,000 cases in six months. The more num­ber of cases, the higher the prob­a­bil­ity of deaths,” Tago said.

DOH help

She thanked the north­ern Min­danao re­gional of­fice of the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) in Ca­gayan de Oro City for pro­vid­ing the city dengue test­ing kits, fog­ging ma­chines, nets and wa­ter-sol­u­ble chem­i­cals to kill lar­vae of the dengue-car­ry­ing Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito.

Dr. Bunny Lou Marie Bi­naoro, chair of the pe­di­atrics de­part­ment at Mayor Hi­lar­ion A. Ramiro Sr. Med­i­cal Cen­ter (MHARSMC), stressed the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion of the dis­ease.

“We re­ally need to im­pose on our par­ents the need for early con­sul­ta­tion when­ever their chil­dren de­velop fever ... With early de­tec­tion, we catch [the dis­ease] at an early stage so our pa­tient won’t go into shock,” she said.

MHARSMC, in May, ad­mit­ted 135 pa­tients that tested pos­i­tive for dengue fever.

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