By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN – Due to the increasing number of dengue cases, the Tacloban City Council has unanimously approved a resolution declaring a state of calamity in the city last Friday (August 2).
As of July 26, City Health Officer Dr. Jaime Opinion Jr. disclosed that the alert and epidemic threshold has already been surpassed in the city with over 750 cases, and eight deaths, 254 percent higher than the same period last year.
With the overcrowding of hospitals, the local government here has decided to transform the Tacloban City Training Center as a makeshift treatment center for dengue cases.
Mayor Alfred Romualdez said the Treatment Center, which started its operation last July 27 was their solution to immediately treat suspected dengue patients.
“Our target is no more mortality, there is no more excuse because we have dengue every year, it’s not a surprise to us anymore,” he shared.
He added that he has already instructed concerned departments to prepare logistically in the coming months when dengue cases are expected to increase.
The City Government also continues to conduct free Dengue Rapid Tests in the different health centers, in order to immediately detect possible dengue infection and ensure the proper treatment of patients.
As of July 29, the City Health Office (CHO) reported that out of about 132 Taclobanons who have undergone the test, 54 have tested positive and were given appropriate attention.
Four positive dengue rapid test patients were relocated to the center last Sunday, and are still under monitoring and treatment as of press time. Two of the patients came from Guadalupe and one each from Paseo de Legaspi and Ridgeview villages.
The CHO has also established dengue fast lanes to facilitate the immediate assistance of patients.
Opinion also urged everyone to seek immediate medical attention in Health Centers once they feel any of the symptoms of dengue, reminding them that medical care would be free of charge.