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Gov Defensor seeks donations for dengue patients

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Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. is appealing for donations that the provincial government could use to address the needs of district hospitals in treating patients with dengue infection.

Defensor lamented that hospitals particularly need folding beds due to limited bed capacity.

“We are asking, we are accepting donations from the public,” he said.

The Hospital Management Office of the Iloilo Provincial Government reported that as of July 9, 788 of the 1,869 patients confined in 11 district hospitals and one provincial hospital were dengue patients.

The combined authorized bed capacity of the province’s hospitals, however, is only 590.

Defensor placed the province under state of calamity because of dengue.

According to the Provincial Health Office, suspected dengue cases totaled to 4,306, including 20 deaths from Jan. 1 to June 29, a 777 percent higher than the 491 cases during the same period last year.