National dengue epidemic
LATEST UPDATE: August 14, 2019 - 3:56pm
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August 14, 2019

Taguig City will have a Dengue Cleanup Day on August 16, Friday, in all public schools, health centers, Super Health Centers, Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, barangay halls, City Hall and all government facilities, the city's Public Information Office announces.

The city encourages residents and communities to participate in the cleanup. it also says.

The city's local health board has also adopted an action plan to address dengue in Taguig.

August 6, 2019

The Department of Health has declared a national dengue epidemic as it records a 98-percent increase in dengue cases between January and July 20, 2019 against the same period last year.

The DOH says there have been 146,062 cases recorded, with 622 of those cases leading to death.

July 24, 2019

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the Department of Health should tap a P500-million Quick Response Fund in the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund to respond to a rising number of dengue cases.

Recto says the actual number of dengue cases in the first half of 2019 may be higher than the 106,630 recorded by the DOH. 

"There is almost a 70,000 difference between the two," Recto says of data from the DOH and from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., "with PhilHealth receiving 174,000 claims and the DOH reporting 106,630 cases from January to June of this year."

He says multiple admissions could account for the higher number recorded by PhilHealth, "but whether it is the figure from DOH or from PhilHealth, the number is alarming."

He says that aside from the QRF, the Health department can forego nonessential and postponable meetings, trainings in hotels and redirect the funding for these to the dengue control effort. 

The Department of Health has declared a national dengue alert, noting there were 106,630 cases recorded from January 1 to June 29 this year.

This was 85% higher than in the same period last year, DOH also says.

The STAR reports that, according to the DOH, the following regions have exceeded the "epidemic threshold":

  • Western Visayas
  • Central Visayas
  • Northern Mindanao

The following have meanwhile breached the "alert threshold":

  • Ilocos
  • Cagayan Valley
  • Bicol 
  • Eastern Visayas
  • Zamboanga Peninsula
  • Davao Region
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
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