The Bulacan Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported a 230 percent cumulative increase on the number of dengue cases in the province.
The PHO reported that there are 4,426 dengue cases from January 1 to September 27 while in the same period last year there were only 1,342 cases.
Bulacan health officer, Dr. Joy Gomez, said there are 11 deaths reported this year while only two deaths were recorded last year.
The hike in dengue cases was the basis of Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado to declare the province under a state of calamity.
As part of the information dissemination campaign on dengue, Alvarado issued a letter to Department of Education (DepEd) officials urging students to use long sleeves and long pants to shield them from the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the carrier of the dreaded disease.
Meanwhile, a Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said dengue is one of the health impacts of the El Niño phenomenon.
He added that the scarcity of water during this season would possibly increase the threat of contracting dengue because the people would be storing water.
“So if they will not store the water properly, we will have problems,” he said, adding that water containers should be sealed.
Dengue fever or Dengue hemorrhagic fever, as defined by DOH, is caused by any of the four serotypes of dengue virus (types 1, 2, 3, and 4) which is transmitted through the bite of a female Aedes mosquito.
Lee Suy reminded the public that if they have suspected dengue symptoms, they must go to a health center and get checked as soon as possible.
In Bulacan, Alvarado also said hospitalization and medical care for dengue patients is free in government run medical centers like the Bulacan Medical Center (Malolos City), Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital (Sta. Maria), San Miguel District Hospital (San Miguel), Emilio Perez Hospital (Hagonoy), Calumpit District Hospital, Baliwag District Hospital and the Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Hospital (Bulakan).
He also encouraged healthy Bulakenyos to support the blood donation program of the provincial government.
Interested parties or blood donors can coordinate with the Bulacan Provincial Blood Center or contact telephone numbers 662-5427.