ARAYAT -- Several cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in this town's district hospital in the months of July and August this year.
Dr. Benjie Simbol, hospital chief, said that for the month of July, there were six recorded dengue cases in the hospital and five this month.
"Sa kasalukuyan, ay mayroon tayong dalawang confirmed dengue cases at tatlo pa ang under observation dahil may indication na posible silang na-dengue din (At present, we have two confirmed dengue cases while three are under observation because there are indications that they too have dengue)," Simbol said.
It was learned that a certain Bon Arvie Pineda, 17, a resident of Poblacion village here died because of dengue.
Simbol clarified that Pineda is not a patient of the district hospital. He said the patient was first confined in a private clinic in Arayat and subsequently transferred to Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital in the City of San Fernando.
"Ang problema na nakikita namin batay sa inisyal na pagsisyasat ay more on sanitation. Nang puntahan ang mga bahay ng mga pasyente, napansin na marumi ang tirahan at may stagnant water sa paligid (We see problem on sanitation. We visited the victim's house and we saw stagnant water nearby)," Simbol said.
He said the hospital already coordinated with the various barangay health workers for massive campaign against dengue.
Governor Lilia Pineda, meanwhile, on Saturday rushed to the said hospital to comfort the patients, including those with dengue fever.
Pineda brought medical supplies and provided all other medical needs by the patients.
Mayor Luis Espino said there is nothing to be alarmed as the local government is doing everything within its power to implement precautionary measures in order to protect the communities against the dreaded disease.
"Nananawagan na rin ako sa aking mga kababayan na panatilihing malinis ang ating kapaligiran para maiwasan ang pagdami ng mga lamok na nagdadala ng dengue (I'm asking the public to maintain cleanliness to avoid dengue)," Espino added.
The peak season of dengue cases in the country is between June and August, when there is plenty of possible breeding sites for the mosquitoes coupled with the exposure of school children to wet and cold weather conditions. (Herbert P. Mapiles)