DOH-6 wants ‘Dengue Fast Lanes’ reactivated in Iloilo hospitals

The Department of Health (DOH-6) has urged the Iloilo Provincial Government to reactivate “Dengue Fast Lanes” in hospitals in the province.

Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH-6 director, said the fast lanes would ensure that all dengue patients are properly attended and managed.

Based on the Epidemiological Surviellance Unit (RESU) Updates, dengue cases in the province reached 595 dengue cases with two deaths from Jan. 1 to July 21, 2018.

“The province has an attack rate of 29.95 percent,” Convocar said.

Most of those infected with dengue aged from 1 to 10 years old.

All in all, the DOH-6 recorded a total of 5, 056 cases of dengue with 36 deaths in the first seven months of the year.

Dengue, according to the World Health Organization, “is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.”

Its symptoms include fever, severe pain, headache, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes.IMT