QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A doctor at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) died of “severe dengue” on Wednesday, September 19, while five other doctors tested positive for the disease.
According to Dr. Sonia Gonzales, they have recorded the most number of dengue cases in August with 214 admitted cases. In September, the hospital recorded 92 new cases.
Hospital authorities believe that the vector mosquito is just within the hospital premises.
“Medyo nagkakasunod- sunod sila na parang nagkaroon ng pattern na parang mga doctors, puro trainees. Ang aming assessment, doon sila sa isang area na nagwo –work doon sa bandang out-patient department although we are looking also into their quarters kung saan nga probably iyong pinanggagalingan noong lamok. As you know naman ang PCMC is an open building so talagang tagus- tagusan siya sa mga lamok na nagke-carry ng dengue,” explained Gonzales.
The facility has been placed under complete surveillance monitoring after it recorded an upsurge in cases of acute dengue infection since May this year.
Based on DOH data, dengue cases in the country spiked at 100,225 within the period of January to September this year, an increase of 6% as compared to 94,000 in 2017.
The National Capital Region (NCR) is the third highest in number with 11,321 cases.
In line with the recent situation, the Department of Health (DOH) has ordered all employees in the hospital to apply insect repellent at all times to prevent further transmission of dengue.
“Kasama sa hazard ng trabaho natin iyan — ng mga doctors, mga nurses natin— to make sure na mawalan ng lamok sa loob ng hospital at doon sa vicinity,” said DOH Spokesperson Undersecretary Eric Domingo.
Usec. Domingo noted that dengue infection is currently at its peak because of the rainy weather and also following the onset of Typhoon Ompong.
The DOH reminds the public to take the necessary preventive measures such as employing the “4S” program to prevent the outbreak of dengue.
Dengue is common among children age 10 to 14.
“We really just want to detect our patients very early. Sana lang, basta magkaroon na po ng symptoms —magka- lagnat at saka kung masakit ang katawan— magpatingin na po sa ating center, sa RHU o sa ating mga hospitals para ma- test po agad kung dengue po ito o hindi,” advised Domingo. —Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)