Dengue Cases Increase in Pangasinan

Health authorities in Pangasinan have expressed alarm over the increasing number of dengue cases which, according to statistics, ballooned to some 300 percent more than the number of cases registered last year.

Dr. Ana de Guzman, provincial health officer, said the number of dengue cases from January to August 4 this year throughout the province now breached the 1,000 mark as compared to 323 for the same period last year.

De Guzman said the number of dengue cases could increase as it is still rainy season in the whole country.

Pangasinan and La Union are both now placed under the dengue watch list of the Department of Health (DOH).

It was also reported Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte provinces have already declared a state of calamity due to increasing number of dengue cases.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Pangasinan chapter has announced that it is in short supply of blood from which platelets vital to dengue patients can be extracted.

With this, de Guzman has called on all Pangasinenses to adopt preventive measures against dengue through the 4S that the DOH is advocating in its anti-dengue campaign. The 4S include Search and destroy or maintaining the cleanliness of homes, classrooms and surroundings to rid the mosquito vector of breeding sites; Self-protection measures or the wearing or using of protecting clothing or gears as protection against mosquito bites, Seek early consultation or seeking medical help after two days of fever, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging. This advocates the use of fogging during dengue outbreak. (PNA)

Repost from PNA