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Health authorities press ‘dengue alarm button’ in Bohol

By PIA-Bohol | 05:39 PM June 29, 2020

Provincial Health authorities are now pressing the dengue alarm button with a total of 2,481 cases recorded in Bohol from January to June 13.

The data is already a 37.83 percent increase compared to the data during the same period last year, shared nurse and Bohol Dengue campaign focal person during the recent Kapihan sa PIA on dengue in pandemic times.

“Although we only have 13 deaths or .05 case percent fatality rate this year compared to the 17 death or .09 case fatality rate last year, the figure is very alarming,” Saniel, who used to sit as the population and development focal person said.

Dengue, which is a kind of fever that can be caused by mosquito bites especially those from aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus which has also been found to carry the virus.

Those with dengue often manifest it by high and recurring high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, low back pain and possible skin rashes.

Dengue, which is also called dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is a specific syndrome that tends to affect children, but disease reporting units in Bohol records an age range from 2 months old to 94 years old, according to Center for Health and Development Regional Surveillance Unit 7.

Dengue complication causes abdominal pain, hemorrhaging and circulatory collapse which is often when it becomes fatal, but this can happen long after a patient has been infected.

As to how dengue cases rose despite the Bohol cascading its programs to the towns, barangays and puroks, Saniel shared that in their monitoring activities, still people miss the early consultation, which is very critical in fevers that last over two days, Saniel said.

Health authorities in the dengue campaign have stressed dengue prevention instead of cure and called on residents to implement the enhanced strategies in their households.

“Search and destroy” mosquito-breeding sites, employ “Self-protection measures” that is wearing of long pants and long sleeved shirts, and use mosquito repellents), “Seek early consultation,” for those with fever and “Support fogging/spraying” only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks, to prevent an impending outbreak.

In a table shown by Saniel reflecting the RESU -7 disease reporting unit admissions and consultations in Bohol, it showed that Talibon topped in admissions and consultations but still they have 4 deaths.

Dengue remains on the rise due to behavioral problems in the barangay, daghang tapolan, estoryahanan, he said. He also cited some people who surrendered to fate saying dengue can not be beaten.

“People are still very lazy to do the 4S, and people just do not care if people help in the campaign or not, often missing medical help, kay gapahilot lang (for a massage),” Saniel said.

“Most of those who died came to the hospitals, too late he admitted adding that fever for a day or two, and one must bring the patient to a health facility immediately,” he urged.

While authorities evaluating the program noticed that dengue campaign was left out by the COVID campaign, Saniel urged local officials to bring the dengue campaign abreast with COVID campaign, so we can put an end to this problem. Saniel capped. (rahchiu/PIA-7/Bohol)

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