PHO reports higher dengue, gastroenteritis cases

THE Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported an increase in number of mosquito-borne dengue cases in Pangasinan, from 7,376 to 7,942 over the same period January to Oct. 28 last year.

Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman, PHO chief, however pointed out that the death toll so far this year is lower at 11 compared to last year’s 25 deaths and listed in its watch list are San Carlos City (624 cases); Bayambang (486); Malasiqui (423); Lingayen (386); Calasiao (318); Bugallon (298); Rosales (266); Bani (247); Binmaley (246); and San Quintin (243).
Most affected age groups are from aged 5 to 9 years old, and from 10 to 14, and the majority are male, she added.

“The highest number of dengue cases this year was recorded in August with 2,052, but it went down to 1,863 in September,” De Guzman said as she observed that most of the sources are from home water receptacles left open by households. 

She assured provincial government hospitals are equipped with rapid tests to determine dengue cases so all patients with two-days old fever accompanied by muscle pain are accommodated in fast lanes for quick treatment against dengue.

Provincial government-operated hospitals screen walk-in patients automatically for dengue and treated under the ‘no-balance billing’ policy and blood supply is made available to those in urgent need, De Guzman said.

Nonetheless, Second District Board Member Von Mark Mendoza said he is alarmed by the number of dengue cases in the province and urged PHO to further intensify its campaign to lower cases and aim for zero mortality. 

Meanwhile, there were 8,355 acute gastroenteritis cases with 41 deaths recorded from January 1 to October 28 this year compared to 7,301 cases and 33 deaths last year.

Seven deaths were reported in Dagupan City, four in Binmaley, three each in Mangaldan and San Fabian, two each in Bolinao, Malasiqui, San Carlos City, Binalonan and Manaoag and one each in Alaminos City, Bani, Aguilar, Lingayen, Mangatarem, Mapandan, San Jacinto, Alcala, Bautista, Pozorrubio, Villasis, Sta. Maria and Umingan.  

Top municipalities/cities included in PHO watchlist are San Carlos City with 712 cases, Mangaldan (496), Bayambang (466), Calasiao (423), Malasiqui (393), Alaminos City (353), Lingayen (329), Sta. Barbara (326) Binmaley (315), San Fabian (315) and Pozorrubio (233). (Leonardo Micua /PhilStar Wire Service/PIA)

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