by Hannah Torregoza
Senator Nancy Binay yesterday called on the Department of Health (DOH) to intensify its anti-dengue fever programs now that the rainy season has kicked in.
“Given that dengue is a problem we face every year, it is practical for the government to prepare to handle a possible surge in cases, particularly during the rainy season when the disease is prevalent,” Binay said.
While the DOH earlier reported a decrease in the number of dengue fever cases in the country, Binay noted that there are still dengue cases being reported.
“We must remember that dengue kills. We cannot be complacent just because the recorded cases of the disease so far this year is lower than last year’s,” Binay stressed.
“Mas mainam pa ring paghandaan natin ang pagbibigay ng tulong ang mga kababayan nating maaaring dapuan ng mga karamdaman, lalo pa at seryosong sakit tulad ng dengue (It is still better for us to be prepared in providing assistance to our fellowmen who might get infected, especially because dengue is a serious illness),” she added.
In Bacolod City alone, Binay said 535 cases have already been documented including five children who died.
The number is 84.5 percent higher than last year’s 290 cases, which include the death of two children.
Last month, the DOH noted in its ASEAN Dengue Day statement that the cases of dengue in the country have reached nearly 36,000 in the first five months of this year. The agency said that this was still 31.8 percent lower than the 52,780 cases recorded during the same period last year.
The DOH’s epidemiology bureau added that it has recorded 207 dengue deaths from January 1 to May 20 this year.
Binay said she hopes that the DOH is now doing an inventory of all available medicines, blood and other medicines the people would need in case of a dengue outbreak.
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