The Philippine Star

Cal­abar­zon posts 5,000 dengue cases in 3 months

- By MAYEN JAYMALIN Health · Vaccines · Medical Treatments · Calabarzon · New Doha International Airport · Cavite · Washington Metropolitan Area

Over 5,000 dengue cases in­clud­ing 34 deaths have been recorded in Cal­abar­zon (Cavite, Laguna, Batan­gas, Rizal and Que­zon) in the first quar­ter of this year, the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) said yes­ter­day.

The re­gion re­ported a to­tal of 5,310 dengue cases from Jan. 1 to March 31, ac­cord­ing to DOH-Cal­abar­zon di­rec­tor Ed­uardo Janairo.

Cavite had the high­est num­ber of cases with 1,937.

Janairo ad­vised par­ents to boost the im­mune sys­tem of their chil­dren, es­pe­cially those who were vac­ci­nated with Deng­vaxia.

He said there is a need to strengthen the im­mune sys­tem of the chil­dren as the re­sult of the Deng­vaxia probe has yet to be re­leased.

“While wait­ing for the re­sults of the probe, we have to give the chil­dren im­mu­nity-boost­ing phy­tonu­tri­ents such as Vi­ta­min C, fruits and veg­eta­bles as well as en­sure that they get ad­e­quate sleep,” Janairo said.

He said dengue kits dis­trib­uted to the chil­dren should be com­ple­mented with well-bal­anced meals and suf­fi­cient fluid in­take.

Cal­abar­zon ranked sec­ond among re­gions with the most num­ber of chil­dren vac­ci­nated with Deng­vaxia, fol­lowed by Cen­tral Lu­zon. The Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion has the high­est num­ber.

Health au­thor­i­ties es­ti­mated that about 830,000 pupils re­ceived the vac­cine.

Data from the DOH re­gional epi­demi­o­log­i­cal sur­veil­lance unit showed 2,674 pub­lic schools in Cal­abar­zon par­tic­i­pated in the Deng­vaxia vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram.

The health re­gional of­fice re­leased P1.6 mil­lion in med­i­cal as­sis­tance for chil­dren vac­ci­nated with Deng­vaxia.

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