Dengue fever cases rising in number annually

Jun. 29, 2009

DAVAO CITY — Cases of dengue fever registered a rise of 30 percent compared to the same period last year.

Dr. Rogelio Peera, head of the Department of Health (DOH) Davao Preventive Emergency Management Unit and Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit said that the increase has been an annual trend ever sine, a problem that has still no solution so far. “Marami tayong cases pero mas mataas ang kanyang mortality rate (We have a lot of cases (diseases) but it (dengue fever) has the higher mortality rate)”, said Dr. Peera.

Majority of those in the hospitals are dengue fever cases. DOH has a regular monitoring system, gathering figures and data of dengue cases in all hospitals weekly.

Every Tuesday, selected hospitals submit their weekly surveillane reportsto the DOH. The DOH then consolidates this data and send reports to Manila every Friday. (PIA-XI)

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