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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Don't Ignore Fever, It May Be Dengue Fever!!

CEBU CITY -- A Cebu City Health official appealed to parents and the general public to take fever, especially among children, seriously as early detection of dengue fever can save lives.

A five-year-old boy from Guadalupe, in this city died Saturday while on the way to the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), after a few days of high fever.

Two other children who were admitted Friday at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) died less than six hours after reaching the hospital, from dengue shock syndrome.

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Eleodoro Mongaya Jr., VSMMC public information officer, declined to identify the two children without the parents’ consent. He only said one was a three-year-old boy from Barangay Botong, Dalaguete, while the other was a seven-year-old girl from Barangay Argawanon, San Remigio.

On Friday alone, 39 new dengue patients were admitted to the government-run hospital—in addition to the 86 already in its pediatrics department. The figures do not include 26 others who were discharged that day, after recovering from dengue fever.

Dengue fever typically peaks in August. Health officials have pointed out fewer deaths were recorded this year, despite the increase in the number of cases compared to 2009.

In Cebu City, assistant city epidemiologist Durenda Macasucol said those who suspect they or their children have dengue should immediately go to the satellite laboratory nearest them and get a free checkup.

The satellite laboratories are in Barangays Talamban, Luz, Mabolo, Parian, Punta Princesa, Guadalupe and Pardo.

Macasucol said she has yet to receive a notice from the CCMC regarding the death of a five-year-old boy who died on the way to the hospital.

Medical personnel have yet to confirm the cause of death, but they suspect it was dengue.

If it’s confirmed the child died of dengue, City Health will do a background check and, if he was a resident of the city, conduct mist-spraying in his neighborhood, Macasucol said.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 8 this year, there were 1,424 dengue cases reported in the city, with 12 deaths (excluding the five-year-old boy).

Although the number of dengue cases has increased, there are fewer deaths this year compared to 22 casualties reported in the same period last year.

The CCMC had 52 dengue patients as of Saturday afternoon, though 14 of them were about to be released.

Dengue patients were still sharing beds despite Mayor Michael Rama’s order to enforce a one bed, one patient policy.

The pediatric ward has only 23 beds so the mayor ordered the use of the auditorium to accommodate more patients.


In Mandaue City, Barangays Basak and Casuntingan reported the most number of dengue cases from January to August this year.

Barangays Paknaan and Pagsabungan, which were second and fourth in the list, respectively, reported one death each during August.

The third casualty so far this year was reported this month in Barangay Paknaan. Barangay captain Oscar Mendoza said the barangay has stepped up its campaign against the mosquito that carries the dengue virus.

City Health records revealed that by the end of August, there were already 130 dengue cases in Mandaue City, with two deaths: a seven-year-old girl in Barangay Pagsabungan and a three-year-old boy in Paknaan. (EOB/ETB/OCP/Sun.Star Cebu)

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