By US News Agency / Asian
President Benigno S. Aquino ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to support and assist all regional hospitals and health centers and intensify their efforts to attend to the needs of dengue–inflicted patients.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona, in a press briefing at Malacañang on Wednesday, said dengue express lanes were reactivated in all government hospitals.
The DOH has also networked with the regional and provincial blood centers where patients can access safe and clean blood for transfusion in severe cases.
PhilHealth has also committed to assist poor patients.
At the same time, Ona explained that the dengue epidemic is still at a manageable level adding that there is no dengue outbreak in the whole country but only in seven identified regions.
These regions with most cases of dengue include Western Visayas, Calabarzon, Central Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, National Capital Region, Southern Mindanao and Northern Mindanao.
The number of dengue cases nationwide from January to August this year rose to 62,503 with 465 deaths recorded compared to 33,102 cases last year.
“We are on top of it,” Ona stressed.
According to Ona, the DOH has ramped up efforts in its public education and information campaign to schools and barangays as there is still no cure or vaccine for dengue.
He noted that efforts to fight dengue must focus on cost-effective preventions, especially on source reduction which is to destroy the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
He emphasized that the most effective way to prevent and fight dengue is to practice the DOH’s 4-S strategy consisting of search and destroy, self-protective measures, seek early treatment and say no to indiscriminate fogging.