By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
THE Department Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)-6 reported that 33 persons in Western Visayas have died of dengue so far.
In terms of cases, Maria Lourdes Monegro, DOH-6 Entomologist III, said they have recorded 5,527 dengue cases from January 1 to April 6, 2019.
“Negros Occidental remained as the province with highest recorded number of dengue cases at 1,863 with 15 deaths, followed by Iloilo province (1, 043) with five deaths, Aklan (784) with four deaths, Capiz (713) with four deaths, Iloilo City (454) with four deaths, Bacolod City (377) with one death, Antique (110), and Guimaras (104),” Monegro reported.
Monegro said there is clustering of cases in 82 barangays in the region, with Guimaras posting the highest increase in cases and Aklan with the highest attack rate.
DOH-6 said 5,250 Dengue NS1 Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) units from the central office are ready for distribution.
“We received na subong sang 5,250 kits and ready for distribution na sa aton provinces. It is now available in our regional office and will be distributed to rural health units (RHUs) across the region,” Monegro said.
Monegro explained that dengue NS1 kits are for screening tests of persons suffering from dengue symptoms.
The kits are used for immediate validation of patients with suspected dengue cases and could become the basis for referrals, she said.
“It is a screening para mabal-an naton nga kung ara na ta sa RHU, maka-provide kita sang immediate test sa patient kun dengue siya or indi and basis man sa physician kun i-refer pa gid siya sa hospitals,” Montenegro said.
The distribution will be based on the number of dengue cases and the kits will be available next week in RHUs in the region, Monegro added.
To prevent an outbreak, the health department reminded the public to practice the 4S Kontra Dengue such as search and destroy breeding places; seek early consultation; self-protection measures; and say yes to fogging.
In 2018, DOH-6 only recorded 2,136 cases with 14 deaths in the region.