BY FREDA MAE SORSANO
ILOILO City – The City Health Office is reminding residents anew to be mindful of dengue hemorrhagic fever as four deaths from the disease were recorded in the past two months.
According to City Health Officer Urminico Baronda, the victims were hospitalized but it was too late already.
Nenit Enderes, 59, of Barangay Rizal Ibarra, City Proper was admitted at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) on June 6 and died the day after.
Rotchel Paez, 25, of Barangay Tabuc Suba, Jaro, on the other hand, was admitted at WVMC on June 14 and died on the same day.
Antonio Buhat, five years old, of Delgado Street, City Proper was admitted at the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital on July 29 and died on August 1.
The latest casualty, 15-year-old Ma. Saltricia Faeldonea of J. de Leon Street, Mandurriao district, was rushed to WVMC on August 10 and succumbed to the disease five days later.
Baronda said early detection is vital to prevent death.
The most common symptoms of dengue are severe joint and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, exhaustion, and rashes.
The City Health Office advises everyone to consult a physician immediately should they show these symptoms.
“Dengue attacks all ages,” said Baronda.
While the disease had killed less people in the first eight months this year compared to last year, Baronda said there is no reason for Ilonggos to be complacent.
“Dengue is always alarming,” said Baronda.
The city recorded 480 dengue cases with four deaths from January to August 16 this year, as opposed to 1,216 cases and 11 deaths last year for the same period.
June and July recorded the highest cases, with 137 and 117, respectively.
The City Health Office also expects more dengue cases in August and September.
Although the rise may be linked to the onset of the rainy season, Baronda said it is not the sole reason.
An unsanitary barangay leads to more breeding places for mosquitoes, which in turn lead to more dengue cases, he said./PN