Department of Health closely monitoring incidence of dengue –Palace

MANILA, Oct. 4 (PNA) – Malacanang assured on Sunday that the Department of Health (DOH) is closely monitoring the incidence of dengue in the country.

”There is no reason to be alarmed because the DOH is closely monitoring this incidence of dengue,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma said in a Radyo ng Bayan interview.

Coloma said the DOH is also focused on providing medical services in the provinces, cities and other areas where there are reports of dengue cases.

”The DOH will continue to give assistance in the hospitals in these areas to improve their capabilities in giving immediate medical attention to the dengue patients. Our public hospitals are also ready to address the possible increase of dengue cases,” Coloma said.

Despite the reported increase of dengue cases in at least seven regions, Coloma said the incidence of dengue has declined in the remaining 10 regions.

These are in MIMAROPA where dengue cases dropped from 1,646 to 1,346; Bicol (from 993 to 868); Western Visayas (from 5,718 to 3,756); Central Visayas (3,481 to 3,326); Eastern Visayas (4,508 to 737); Zamboanga Peninsula (4,743 to 3,981); Northern Mindanao (6,298 to 5,795); Davao region (5,849 to 2,619; SOCCSKSARGEN (5,302 to 5,109); and Caraga (6,946 to 2,598).

Coloma urged the public to keep their surroundings clean be eradicating the breeding grounds of mosquitoes like the stagnant canals and flower vases.

”What is important is prevention. We need to keep our surroundings clean. The DOH is already coordinating with the local governments,” Coloma said.

Dengue is caused by bites of mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus which, once it enters the body, begins to dominate every single cell and overpower the white blood cells.

Dengue is usually characterized by high fever, severe headache, rashes around the body and pain in the muscles. (PNA)

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