Dengue claims another life in La Trinidad

DESPITE the efforts to suppress the increasing cases of dengue, another life has been claimed in the Municipality of La Trinidad.

Mayor Romeo Salda confirmed the victim is an eight year old boy who was afflicted with dengue during the onslaught of the monsoon rain last week.

Salda said the incident was reported to his office after the child was rushed to Benguet General Hospital and soon after initial diagnosis, the boy passed away due to loss of blood.

“We were told the child was brought to the hospital for medication however he was unable to make it due to vomiting of blood,” Salda said adding the fatality came just two hours after the victim was confined.

Salda added initial results reveal the child’s platelet count dropped following days of fever.

“Mukhang hindi na-monitor or na-diagnose kaagad that is why when the family brought him to the hospital it was already too late,” Salda added.

The boy will be the fourth fatality in the Valley caused by dengue after a yellow alert was raised July 9 including two adult females and a nine-year-old.

As of press time, dengue patients continue to rise reaching a total of 1,048 as of last week, where 510 are males while 538 are females.

According to Salda, misting and fogging operations is still ongoing on the different areas of the municipality.

“Tuloy pa rin ang misting and fogging, and also the campaign for the strict implementation of the four o’clock habit. Actually we doubled the effort making a schedule at 9 o’clock in the morning before the other one in the afternoon,” the mayor said.

Meanwhile, the Dengue Operations Center pooled by joint efforts of the LGU, MHO, MDRRMC, in partnership with the provincial government continue to campaign self awareness in avoiding being victimized by the virus.

People who experience two days of severe fever are advised to visit the nearest hospitals in order to respond to the possible dengue case.

“The fogging operations can only kill the adult mosquito that is why we ask help from all of the locals to destroy all possible breeding areas particularly in their households.” Salda closed.

For reports of possible dengue cases people may visit the Dengue Operations Center at Lednicky Hall, Municipal Building in Km 5 or reach operatives in the numbers given; (0929)959-2040, (0999)599-0789, or (0929)182-9005.

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