Deaths caused by dengue in Region 11 from January to July 1 this year rose to 25, the Department of Health-Davao Region (DOH-Davao) reported.
Among this number, Davao del Norte recorded the highest death with eight, followed by Davao City with seven, Davao Oriental with four, then Davao del Sur with three, Davao de Oro with two, and Davao Occidental with one.
In a report from DOH-Davao, dengue death this year is higher than last year with only 14 deaths with victims as young as three years old and as old as 68 years old.
Meanwhile, dengue cases in Davao Region reached 7,303 for the months of January to July this year. This is higher compared to the same period last year with only 3,943.
Among all the provinces in Region 11, Davao City ranked first with the most number of cases with 2,910 followed by Davao del Norte with 1,716, next is Davao de Oro with 897, Davao Oriental with 722, Davao del Sur with 691, and last with the lowest case of dengue is Davao Occidental with 367.
The World Health Organization describes dengue as a viral infection that we humans can contract via mosquito bites. There are numerous serotypes of dengue, Dengue virus type (DENV) 1, 2, 3, and 4, as outlined by DOH 11.
Most of the adults are immune to DENV-1, but you can still be susceptible to the other serotypes. However, the younger generation is more vulnerable because they lack immunity to all serotypes.
DOH-Davao also stressed that most of the victims of dengue cases are children ages 10 years and below hence, they are encouraging everyone to protect themselves by limiting the exposure of skin and restricting the bite areas of mosquitoes.
Meanwhile, for parents with kids, use preventive measures like anti-mosquito repellant cream especially, if you are in an area where you do not feel safe.
The rise of dengue cases in the Davao Region has caused DOH 11 to heighten its fight against the disease.
They conducted information dissemination, preventive and control measures, cleaning, and looking into possible breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is a vector of the viral infection dengue.
If the community needs fogging, the DOH will provide barangay officials and rural health offices of the region with insecticides to search and destroy breeding sites.
However, regarding medicines for dengue, the DOH advises the public that there is no specific treatment for the disease.
“There is no specific na treatment for the dengue infection kasi ito mina-manage lang natin, supportive management (There is no specific treatment for dengue infection because we are managing it, supportive management, ” Assistant Regional Director Gerna M. Manatad said.
The DOH added that folklore medicines such as tawa-tawa and durian are not totally “bad” for the management of dengue, as long as they are consumed optimally. However, the department cautions the public that tawa-tawa and durian have no hard and conclusive evidence to cure dengue to consider them effective.
For those who have mild dengue cases and do not require hospitalization, DOH offers effective clinical standard guidelines which endorse fluid management where doctors would monitor the liquid intake of the patient and track the blood markers of the person receiving treatment.
DOH 11 insists that everyone should visit the nearest healthcare facility if they are experiencing symptoms related to dengue. RGP