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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Philippines : DoH maximizes drive vs. dengue

Via Daily Star :

" MANILA : Throughout the year, the Department of Health waged an all-out campaign against dengue.

The disease caused by a breed of mosquito claimed the lives of at least 500 people by middle of this year. To prevent more deaths, DoH officials encouraged the public to maximize their health centers for consultations before bringing their patient to the hospital in an effort to declog public hospitals of long queues in the dengue express lane.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona cited San Lazaro Hospital’s average of 500 consultations a day with only 30 admitted as dengue cases. Ona said that the number of new cases had been going down since August, except in some cities of Metro Manila. Dengue peaks during the rainy months, particularly during the month of August.

The DOH said that the number of dengue cases nationwide reached 69,594 in the first eights months of this year."

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