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Pangasinan gov to hospitals: Give immediate attention to dengue patients

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (16 September) -- Government hospitals in Pangasinan have been directed to give immediate attention to dengue patients, the provincial health officer said Thursday.

"Saka na yong interview sa pasyente kapag nabigyan na ng pang-unang lunas at atensyon," said Dr. Ana Theresa de Guzman during the KBP Forum Thursday at the Philippine information Agency, noting the urgency of the situation at hand.

The system is similar to the dengue fast lanes introduced by government hospitals in Manila. "Dapat agarang bigyan ng lunas yong pasyente," she stressed.

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has directed the provincial health office to give special attention to dengue following the death of a patient from Mangatarem who was only given medicine for fever and then sent home. The patient might have survived if he had been diagnosed and treated properly.

She said that community and district hospitals are capable of treating dengue in its early stage. "Huwag lang sa late stage na may bleeding na, talagang dapat itakbo na ang pasyente sa mga malalaking hospital," she clarified.

The provincial government operates 14 community and district hospitals including the provincial hospital in San Carlos City.

There are 629 cases in the province as of September 13, lower by 30 percent over last year?s figures, she said. Mangatarem town with 72 cases reached the alert level prompting the municipal government to declare an outbreak, De Guzman said. There were only 13 cases last year.

While Dagupan recorded the highest number with 103, City Health Officer Leonard Carbonell, noted a 35 percent decrease this year when compared to the 135 cases recorded from January to September 15 last year. He said that his office continues to implement the more effective Search and Destroy measure to arrest the rise of dengue cases.

Based on city health records from 2004 to date, the highest was recorded in 2006 with 258 dengue cases. In 2008, there were 242; 213 in 2007, 165 in 2005; 157 in 2004; and 188 last year.

Already endemic, dengue cases are recorded throughout the year although the number usually rises in July and then decreases starting November. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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