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Zubiri concerned over dengue incidence in Western Visayas: Kulang sa pasilidad

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Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri raised concern over the large number of dengue cases in Region 6, noting that healthcare resources are inadequate to treat dengue patients.

“We face three more months of virulent cases since dengue strikes most from May to November. Literal na patung-patong ang mga pasyente ng dengue sa mga ospital. Sa Region 6 ay napakaraming pasyente ng dengue at hirap umagapay ang mga doktor at nars dahil kulang na kulang ang mga pasilidad kahit na basic bed,” said Zubiri.

In August, the Department of Health declared a national dengue epidemic amid the consistent increase in the number of dengue victims.

Western Visayas has the most number of cases with 42,694 and 186 deaths, followed by Calabarzon (35,136 cases, 112 deaths); Northern Mindanao (18,799 cases, 69 deaths); Zamboanga Peninsula (17,529 cases, 93 deaths); and Eastern Visayas (17,107 cases, 52 deaths).

Zubiri lamented that the country has a dismal bed to population ratio of 1:1,000.

“Even if we don’t face a dengue epidemic, we have to ramp up our public health facilities. Our target to improve to 1:800 ratio will set us at par only with Southeast Asian countries. It is still a low target,” the Negrense politiko said.

He also proposed to increase the health facilities budget of the Department of Health by building more tertiary hospitals, modernizing existing provincial hospitals and setting up specialty hospitals with modern blood bank facilities in all regions.