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Free hospitalization, medication for Dengue patients in Bulacan, still on-going
Tuesday, 05 July 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado directed all hospitals run by the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) to extend the free 100 percent hospitalization and medication for Dengue patients in the province.

The governor ordered the said directive to alleviate the plight of the affected families, at the same time, encourage those who show symptoms to seek medical attention as activities against the deadly disease continue.

Based on the record of the Provincial Public Health Office, as of January 2011, there are 1,581 reported Dengue cases in the province with five deaths, which put Bulacan still under state of calamity.

Moreover, report shows that the highest recorded Dengue cases occurred on patients between 6-12 years old who totalled to 532 or 33.6 percent.

At present, the City of San Jose Del Monte holds the highest reported Dengue cases totaling to 282 among other cities and towns.

“Ang biglang paglobo ng bilang ng mga tinamaan ng Dengue ay dahilan sa pagiging aktibo ng ating mga reporting units na mula sa walo ay nadagdagan ng 88,” said Irish San Pedro of Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

San Pedro also said that in 2009, a training headed by the Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response with 57 Rural Health Units and City Health Offices and 31 private hospitals were brought to the so called reporting units which will give useful information regarding deadly diseases such as Dengue.

In response to this, Alvarado calls to every Bulakenyo to be responsible in maintaining cleanliness in their areas to prevent the breeding of Dengue carrying mosquitoes.

Aside from this free hospitalization and medication, the PGB also continuously conducts provincewide information drive to educate the public on ways to prevent and combat Dengue, carry out search and destroy operation, activates barangay health response teams and dengue school watch teams, and distributes insecticides all over the province particularly in areas where death cases were reported.

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of an Aedes aegypti mosquito which is out every 4-7 in the morning and in the evening and breeds in stagnant water and dirty environment. Symptoms appear 3-14 days after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults. ###

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