Dengue cases surge in Metro Manila

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2011 09:57 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2011 05:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Dengue cases in Metro Manila have soared this year, Department of Health (DOH) data showed Monday.

The number of dengue patients in the National Capital Region nearly doubled to 10,487 from January 1 up to August, compared to 5,416 last year.

This, compared to a 33% drop in the the number of dengue cases nationwide, according to the DOH.

Dengue hotspots include Putatan in Muntinlupa, Marulas in Valenzuela, and Batasan Hills, Commonwealth, Novaliches, and Pansol in Quezon City.

At the pedia ward of the Quirino Memorial Medical Center, 10 beds are allotted for dengue patients.

Around 91 patients are confined at the hospital Monday, with 2 children sharing one bed.

It's the same situation at the East Avenue Medical Center.

However, hospital officials said there's enough medicine for the patients.

Meanwhile, a dengue express lane has been set up at the San Lazaro hospital.

The DOH said dengue cases usually peak in August.

"Kumbaga sa panahon ng mga prutas, ngayon hitik na hitik ang dengue," said Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag.

Quezon City has recorded the most number of dengue cases in Metro Manila this year at 3,034.

Local officials have no plans of declaring a state of calamity, saying they can still pay for the health services needed by patients.

"Patuloy pa rin ang aming kampanya sa Quezon City na ipagpatuloy ang paglilinis sa kanilang kapaligiran upang maiwasan ang dengue," said Aldrin Cuna of the Quezon City Office of the Mayor. - reports from Jing Castañeda and Sol Aragones, ABS-CBN News