DOH raises alert level as Northern Mindanao sees alarming surge in dengue cases

The wellbeing division records 898 instances of dengue contaminations and archived three passings in Northern Mindanao since January alone, showing a pattern that could surpass the quantity of cases detailed in the district in 2023

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines - The Division of Wellbeing (DOH) in Northern Mindanao sounded alerts as it noticed a flood in dengue fever cases in the locale.

Since January, the Department of Health (DOH) has documented 3 deaths and 898 confirmed cases of dengue infection in Northern Mindanao, indicating a trend that may exceed the 2023 total.

Following rising instances of the mosquito-borne illness that has outperformed Northern Mindanao's scourge limit throughout the last weeks, the Philippine Medical coverage Enterprise (Philhealth) declared on Wednesday, February 14, that dengue patients could profit of a 30% increment in benefit bundles for dengue clinic confirmations beginning Valentine's Day.

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In light of information from the DOH-X's Exploration, The study of disease transmission Reconnaissance, and Fiasco Reaction Unit, Lanao del Norte logged the most elevated expansion in dengue cases for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2023, with a stunning 148% ascent contrasted with 2022, arriving at 3,610 cases contrasted with 1,458.

Misamis Occidental saw a 133% increment, with dengue diseases ascending to 2,479 out of 2023 from 1,065 of every 2022.

In the meantime, Iligan City saw an increase of 70%, Misamis Oriental saw an increase of 33%, and Bukidnon saw an increase of 21%.

Bukidnon enrolled the biggest number of dengue cases in 2023, with 5,393 individuals impacted, contrasted with 4,074 cases in 2022.

Two neighborhood states in the district announced decreases in dengue cases in 2023 contrasted with 2022: Camiguin with a 48% diminishing from 325 to 169 cases, and Cagayan de Oro with a 13% reduction from 1,986 to 1,733 cases.

Gamolo said the DOH will improve its dengue anticipation techniques down to the barangay levels in Northern Mindanao. These endeavors incorporate finding and wiping out mosquito rearing destinations, advancing self-insurance measures, empowering early clinical discussions, directing misting and splashing of pyrethrins, and advancing hydration rehearses.

Additionally, Gamolo urged local governments to reevaluate their existing dengue preparedness plans in order to avoid an epidemic—a situation in which a disease rapidly spreads to a large number of hosts within a given population in a short amount of time.

Dengue fever, which can be fatal if not treated promptly, is caused by viruses (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4) transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes species, including Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.

Nurse Teresita Betonio, a mother of four, whose youngest son contracted the dengue virus years ago, stressed the importance of routine house cleaning to deter mosquitoes, and the necessity of removing items such as pants, jackets, and bags that are hanging, as these can serve as potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

She cautioned against relying solely on lighted mosquito coils or burning trash to repel mosquitoes, noting that while these methods may deter mosquitoes temporarily, they do not effectively eliminate them. 

Betonio also warned that inhaling fine particles in smoke could pose health risks, such as respiratory problems, including aggravated asthma, nose and throat irritation, bronchitis, and lung damage.

Educator Armando Agustin, a resident of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, whose daughter was hospitalized due to dengue fever five years ago, said people should be able to detect the warning signs of dengue. He said symptoms such as fever, headache, skin rashes, and muscle pains should not be ignored.

He recommended taking proactive measures to prevent mosquito breeding, such as ensuring that yards are free from standing water and installing screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.

Meanwhile, Delio Aseron II, Philhealth vice president, told a news conference about the adjustments in dengue case packages ranging from P13,000 to P20,816 from the P10,000 to P16,000 that were pegged over a decade ago.

He described the 30% increase in minimum and maximum benefit packages for dengue and other selected diseases in PhilHealth Circular No. 2024-0001 as “inflationary adjustment.” – Rappler.com

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