Hospitals in Caraga on ‘code white alert’ as dengue cases rise

Children who have fallen ill with dengue fever receive treatment at a government-run hospital in Butuan City. PHOTO/ Bombo Radyo Butuan

The Department of Health (DOH) has raised code white alert in hospitals and medical facilities in Caraga region due to the rising cases of dengue.

Dr. Jose R. Llacuna Jr., regional health director, said that the alert would ensure that that all surveillance health facilities region-wide, medicine as well as medical personnel were prepared for emergencies.

He reminded hospitals and officials and personnel thereat to accommodate the surge of patients, strengthened referral system, and monitored on a daily basis the patient census and closely coordinate with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for blood products and needs.

Records from the Department of Health (DOH)-Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit in Caraga showed that dengue cases in the region reached 7,529 with 36 deaths from January 1-December 31, 2018.

The figures were 186.2 percent higher than the 2,631  cases and 13 deaths reported over the same period last year.

RESU said Surigao del Sur recorded the highest number of dengue cases with 2,197 and followed by  Biglig City with 539 cases.

In Butuan City, at least 128 people, mostly children, have been afflicted with dengue fever as of Jan. 10.

The DOH on Thursday identified more barangays around the region as dengue hot zones, after numerous  cases have been reported since Jan. 1 last year.

Declared hot zones were barangays Doongan, Ambago, Mahogany, Libertad and Barangay 21 of Poblacion in Butuan City; Barangays Taglatawan and Poblacion of Bayugan City (Agusan del Sur); Barangay Doyos of Carrascal town, Surigao del Sur; Barangays Tagasaka, La Casa Poblacion and Roxas, all of Hinatuan town, Surigao del Sur; Barangays Poblacion and Sabang of Lingig town of Surigao del Sur province and Barangay Rizal of Surigao City.

With the rising number of dengue fever patients,  Llacuna, Jr appealed anew to all chief executives and officials of local government units (LGUs) in the region to “redouble” their effort in controlling the disease spread by mosquitoes and to initiate massive clean-up. By CLC

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