- Dengue cases in the province of Cavite have already reached the 4,500 mark
- At least 21 patients have already died from the illness
- The number of cases continue to rise after the declaration of a State of Calamity last week
The local health office of Cavite has announced that dengue cases recorded in the province have already reached the 4,500 mark as of late September this year, which is equivalent to a 285 percent increase compared to data gathered last year.
In a report written by Anthony Giron for Manila Bulletin, it has been noted that provincial officials have called for a massive collaboration between the government and the people to help combat the rising cases of the disease.
Dr. George Repique, the provincial health officer of Cavite, disclosed in a press conference held at the General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital that at least 21 patients have already died after suffering from dengue. He also mentioned that in the provincial capitol’s locality alone, 398 cases were already recorded.
Meanwhile, Veteran Epidemiologist Nelson Soriano had also voiced out his thoughts on the issue; saying that the citizens of the province should actively participate in the government’s efforts.
“This is a serious concern that had to be heeded by all sectors. We got to have the involvement of everyone to rid dengue off the province,” Soriano said.
The Philippine Red Cross has already stepped in; conducting fumigation drives all over the province, and setting up a make-shift hospital with an 80-bed capacity that is used to accommodate patients who can no longer be admitted into regular medical facilities.
“The dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes breed not only on streets or elsewhere but right in our homes, we have to search and destroy them (the mosquitoes and breeding areas),” Soriano said; reminding the people that the best way to stop the spread of dengue is to ensure the cleanliness of one’s own surroundings.