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Friday, July 27, 2007


Dengue "fastlane" in gov't hospitals set up

Government hospitals in the province will be setting up emergency treatment sections to provide primary treatment to dengue patients coming from the towns.

This is an off-shot to the urgency of decongesting hospitals in the city that started to refuse admission of patients due to overflow of dengue victims.

The fastlane program came even as "Dengue Alert" of DYRD-Chronicle, Alturas Group and the city government enters its fourth day

ALARMING. A combined team of health authorities are now establishing emergency treatment centers for dengue patients in all government hospitals. Photo shows (l-r) DOH-7 Regional Director Dr. Susanna Madarieta, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot, Gov. Celestino Gallares Regional Hospital Chief Dr. Nenita Moraga-Po and City Health Officer Dr. Antonio Porticos during a press conference yesterday morning at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall. Foto DANNY REYES
today with its fogging operations at dengue stricken areas.

The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office raised a province-wide dengue alert after cases of dengue fever has already claimed 10 children and afflicted 512 others, per latest official count of the Provincial Health Office yesterday.

Eleven district hospitals, provincial hospitals and the Gov. Celestino Gallares Regional Hospital will set up the "dengue fastlane" as teams from the regional office have observed that most of dengue patients from the towns prefer to be treated here in city hospitals.

This scenario has caused the congestion of public and private hospitals here.

The latest two fatalities of dengue were both caused by the refusal of hospitals to admit the patients due to the congestion.

According to DOH-7 Reg'l Director Dr. Susanna Madarieta, dengue fever can be treated immediately even by rural health units (RHUs) if they are trained for blood screening and get the hematocrit or platelet count.

The "dengue fastlane" concept was first adopted since last week at the Gallares Hospital, according to Chief of Hospital Dr. Nenita Moraga-Po.

Under the "fastlane" management, patients with fever and suspected of having dengue can be given emergency treatment and blood sample is obtained to establish a baseline data.

The patient does not have to be admitted in the hospital, according to Po, as long as primary medical intervention is given and the patient's condition stabilizes before dengue shock syndrome can occur.

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot, practically all 47 municipalities of Bohol have dengue cases.

The towns of Jagna and Dauis are still dengue "hot spots," Cabagnot said.

Of the 512 dengue patients, over 200 come from Tagbilaran City.

Of ten deaths, five come from the city.

The dengue casualties are Christine Fostanes, 5 years old of Airport Road, this city; Johnny Pinsoy, 3 years old of Tinago, Dauis town; Faith Cimafranca, 6 years old of barangay Mansasa, this city; Franz Coto, 6 years old of Butalid Street, this city; Christine Jade Digal, 4 years old of Cambacay, Batuan town; Angel Jose Orique, 5 years old of Canjulao, Jagna town; Gardel Dagodog, 4 years old of West Poblacion, Albur town; Elaizah Janelle Requina, 6 months old of barangay Bool, this city; NiƱo Jade Marimon, 4 years old of Catagbacan, Loon town; and Giselle Cutamora, 8 years old of Torrero Street, this city.


Dr. Reynan Cimafranca of the DOH-7 epidemiology and surveillance unit said there could be a different strain of dengue virus in Bohol.

The DOH has presently identified dengue strains 1, 2 and 3 which are all fatal.

But the DOH has observed that the higher incidence of dengue among teenagers and adults has led them to believe there is an unusual pattern that could be caused by a new strain.

According to Cimafranca, they have now sent blood samples obtained from patients here for examination in Manila.

Courtesy of The Bohol Chronicle

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