BACOLOD – A six-year-old girl died of dengue in Bacolod City last Friday.
The girl was identified as Rosemary Tanate of Barangay 10.
"She started having fever Monday. It was on and off. So we thought she was just having the usual fever," said her father, Richard.
Instead of a hospital, Richard brought Rosemary, his fourth child, to a village medicine man on the third day of her fever.
It was already Thursday morning when the girl's parents decided to rush her to a nearby hospital. But the girl’s mouth and nose were already bleeding so doctors placed the patient at the Intensive Care Unit.
Unfortunately, she died the following day.
Dr. Grace Tan, chief of the Environmental Sanitation Division of the Bacolod City Health Office, said Rosemary could have been saved if she was brought to the hospital earlier.
"Paracetamol is just palliative to make the patient comfortable. But for dengue cases, we need to give ORS (oral rehydration salt) and fluids to prevent the patient from suffering from dehydration and to keep the vessels from rupturing," explained Tan.
Rosemary is the second dengue fatality in the city this year. The first fatality was a 4-year-old girl from Barangay Villamonte. As of July 11, the City Health Office records revealed that there are 181 recorded dengue cases in Bacolod.