By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – At least 56 dengue cases have been recorded here since January this year, a health official said.
City Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Incienzo said that, of the 56 cases, Poblacion had 10 cases; Barangay Gintilan, 13; Barangay Singao, 6; Barangay Lanao, 6; Barangay Magsaysay, 5; among others.
So far, none of the cases developed into dengue shock syndrome which is considered fatal, she said.
Kidapawan City registered the highest number of dengue cases in the province of North Cotabato.
Data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) also showed the province recorded 410 dengue cases from January 1 up to June 1.
The other towns that registered the highest incidents included Midsayap, 40; M’lang, 40; Libungan, 40; and Matalam, 42.
Cotabato second district Board Member Dr. Philbert Malaluan said there have been at least three deaths since January 1 – two from Makilala town, and the other from M’lang.
Malaluan said the Cotabato Provincial Hospital at the Amas complex only has one refrigerator where they can store their whole blood units just in cases patients need blood transfusion.
Only the Kidapawan City Blood Bank has the refrigerated centrifuge, a device that separates the whole blood into packed red blood cells, platelets, and plasma.
The problem, however, was the only centrifuge at the Blood Bank has not been functioning since May 5, so the IPHO had to get platelets for transfusion from the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) in Cotabato City, according to Malaluan.
Malaluan explained that despite the increasing number of dengue cases in the province, health officials believe that it was not yet time to declare outbreak of the infection.
“As compared to last year, we have more than dengue cases recorded than this year. There could be cluster of cases but it won’t suffice to declare outbreak in the area,” said the board member.