Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Five dengue deaths reported

By JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, The Manila Times Researcher

Death continued to stalk the country’s dengue patients, claiming five more victims in Bataan, Pasig and Marikina City as of Thursday.

Among the latest victims were a six-year-old child from Valenzuela City and a four-and-a-half child from Balanga, Bataan.

Dr. Ricardo Lustre, administrator of the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center, said on Thursday that the Valenzuela child was at "critical stage 4" and died 10 hours after being taken there for treatment Wednesday.

Lustre said he was informed that two dengue patients at the Rizal Medical Center had died since September 4, while two others were in critical condition.

The names of the victims were not immediately available, Lustre added.

On the other hand, Angelica Sapa of Barangay Central, Balanga, died at dawn Wednesday while being treated at the James Gordon Hospital in Olongapo City.

Since September 7 the number of dengue cases rose to 1,447 with 21 deaths reported.

At least 16 dengue patients were admitted to the Rizal Medical Center from Wednesday morning until 2 a.m. Thursday, a day after health authorities warned that the epidemic may last until October.

The majority of patients were from Pasig City, raising to 70 the number of dengue patients at the hospital.

Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidemiology Center, said parents should give children paracetamol instead of aspirin if they are suffering from fever.

Tayag added that parents should take their children to a doctor right away if they suspect of dengue symptoms.

Tayag said the Department of Health is implementing its "4-S" program to counter the spread of the disease.

"The 4-S program includes search-and-destroy breeding sites, self-protection, seek consultation and say no to fogging, which is not effective," he said.

"Health authorities led by Secretary Francisco Duque III will start going around hospitals today to inspect the dengue express lanes," he added.

With reports from PNA

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