The hospitals in Cavite have been receiving a steady stream of dengue-inflicted patients since the province was declared under a state of calamity because of the alarming prevalence of the disease last week.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has already recorded over 4,500 cases of dengue cases – with 21 fatalities – from January to the fourth week of September this year. The number of cases is 285-percent higher compared to 1,120 cases in the same period in 2014.
Cavite provincial health officer George Repique said public hospitals are already lacking health personnel and re-sources because of the surge of patients showing signs of infection.
The Philippine Red Cross has already stepped in to help the province. The organization has sent health workers and set up tents with beds to accommodate the rising number of dengue patients.
Health officials are not discounting the possibility that there’s a new strain of dengue that has been wrecking havoc in the province.
Provincial Epidemiology Department chief Nelson Soriano said there’s a dengue patient who exhibited extreme symptoms such as bleeding in just two days of confinement.
He already sent blood samples to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine to examine the case.
PHO said there are dengue outbreak in 12 municipalities and five cities in the province. The highest number of dengue cases was recorded in Dasmariñas City, followed by General Trias and Trece Martirez. There are also signif-icant number of cases in Imus and Bacoor.