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Dengue cases here decrease; Misting done in priority areas
posted 1-Oct-2019  ·  
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Provincial health officials reported a considerable decrease in the number of cases admitted to the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC) and the six district hospitals as three teams were deployed to conduct misting activities in several priority areas.

According to Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Franchette Amabella del Prado-Panti, the number of dengue cases in the seven hospitals totaled only 41 as of Sept. 20, 2019, compared to 45 in Morbidity Week 37 that ended Sept. 14, 2019.

This is in contrast with the surge of dengue cases that began on Aug. 11, with 936 new cases added during a four-week period that ended Sept. 7.

Two days later, the Provincial Health Office received procured medicines and supplies, immediately distributing them to the different hospitals and infirmaries, with four spraying/misting machines dedicated to areas where there were clustering of cases.

On Sept. 12, the health officials visited the Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital and the Catanduanes Doctors Hospital to ensure their compliance with the schedule of report submission and adherence to standard case definition of dengue cases, establishment of Triage Area, Dengue Fast Lane and Dengue Ward, inventory of medicines and supplies. They noted that some patients were referred to facilities outside the province for platelet replacement or transfusion.

The misting machines were sent to first priority barangays in Virac on Sept. 14 based on the results of entomological studies and clustering of cases.

As of Sept. 16, Virac had the most number of cases during MW 36 with 72, followed by San Andres (42), Bato (25), Caramoran (18), Viga (15) and Pandan (14). Only Gigmoto, Panganiban and San Miguel had no clustering of cases.

Aside from the decrease in the number of areas with clustering of cases, the health officials also reported a decrease in the number of dengue cases admitted in hospitals and infirmaries for the previous two weeks.

Laboratory examination also confirmed the presence of dengue virus in six out of 64 specimens submitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

The health officials recommended that hospitals implement strictly infection control measures, to avoid nosocomial infections, and crowd control particularly the one-watcher-one patient policy in wards. It urged them to immediately report dengue infection among health workers, who were advised to always observe self-protection measures.


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