No state of calamity over dengue – DOH


Despite a sudden rise in the number of dengue cases in some regions, the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it still will not declare a state of calamity in the country.

Data from the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau for the first nine months of 2015 showed a total of 78,808 dengue cases as of September 5, a 16.5-percent increase from the same period in 2014 with 67,637 cases.

The provinces of Rizal and Bulacan each recently declared a state of calamity because of dengue outbreaks.

DOH spokesman Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, however, said these figures are still small compared to those in the same period in 2013, which recorded more than 100,000 cases.

“We acknowledge that there is an increasing trend, and that there are a number of areas [where dengue cases are high but]we are comparing [this year’s]cases to a year [2014] where [the number of cases]is very low. I don’t want it to be magnified that way,” Lee Suy explained.

He acknowledged congestion and scarcity of beds in hospitals such as San Lazaro Hospital in Manila’s Santa Cruz district, because of an increasing number of dengue patients.

“[These issues are not new. If the number of cases is high, you can expect two patients to share a bed]. We want to address all these concerns. [But not all dengue cases] are to be admitted. [Some cases can be treated at home],” Lee Suy said.


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