PH Health Department declares national dengue alert

PH Health Department declares national dengue alert



and to tell us more about the National dengue alert we have on the line Health Department spokesperson undersecretary Eric Domingo good morning undersecretary thank you for joining us good morning the pinna hi you sir are we on the way to an epidemic well actually a part of our region today we have reached epidemic proportions that we madaba Western desire Central Visayas and northern mindanao and since we already have this group of Eastern Time epidemic threshold we have already called on a national alert system ensure that all the other widget area you suck have we actually prepared for this situation since the World Health Organization has already warned about the spike of dengue cases in the Philippines yes we've been working with a whu-oh in the developing Centers of Excellence for the management of dengue but for this particular season already actively in the health cluster of the national disaster or risk reduction management down hill so the whole cluster is going to meet tomorrow morning so what we can work up even up to the local level nobody the DILG with the bed and with the office of the civil defense just to make sure that we minimize the number of individuals in fact you said – what can we attribute this fast increase in dengue cases it was mentioned at Western Visayas has the highest cases natural phenomenon that every scene years we have arise in case so we should have a big year which was the last one was in 2016 and then 2017-18 were relatively low here and on the third year we reach that second piece now which is in 2019 in orderly came a little earlier and it's been raining and when the rain stops and you have pooling of water Werdum of people simply that's when you get the case that we need after a couple of weeks so you suck would you suggest an immunization program now the problem is there's no vaccine available in the Philippines now the previous vaccine comes I know she has been withdrawn from the market and it's not a registered data in the Philippines there are two other companies that are developing vaccines but they're still in the lead clinical trial of a teacher oh they're not yet ready for marketing you suck what is the critical time period in which we are watching the spread of dengue well it's the next few weeks now we see that you have increasing numbers they say and we cannot slow down and we cannot let our guards down until we see the depreciation so we think that we might be able to control it only after we know that there are decreasing cases in three per for me but you know July and August are classically the be a big month of being in the country so we're going to be really watching out and going back with surveillance for the next few months and you sick for our last question or for our last question we'd like to ask what can we advise our parents when it comes to their children and managing the spread of dengue number one really we just have to offer them we think being different by mosquitos that by cleaning around the areas in our house and our garden number two protecting our children meaning very readily long-sleeve shirts pants or know when you have fever for two to three days and the children are very sickly don't want to pay we have headache they have body pain please bring them to your doctor bring them to the health center the nearest government hospital so that we can do out of reach there just to make sure find out if it's being there or not and we can manage the patient proper thank you very much you see Eric Domingo spokesperson of the Department of Health

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