By Jel Santos
A 60-bed medical tent was recently opened by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the Pagamutang Bayan ng Dasmarinas in Cavite.
Data showed that 3, 277 dengue cases have been recorded in Cavite.
On August 6, the Health Department declared a national dengue epidemic in the wake of the 146,062 cases recorded since January to July 20, 2019.
It is salient to declare a national dengue epidemic to enable the local government units to use their Quick Response Fund to address the epidemic situation, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
“Tens of thousands of patients continue streaming into overcrowded hospital. All hands are on deck to address this deadly epidemic. We set up medical tents, augment the blood supply in most affected provinces, and put our ambulances on standby,” Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, said.
The humanitarian organization said it catered to 1,055 dengue patients through its eight emergency medical tents that serve as extension wards and fast lanes in Iloilo, Capiz, and Aklan.
The medical tents, according to Gordon, were installed at most overcrowded hospitals namely Balasan District Hospital, Sara District Hospital and Guimbal District Hospital in Iloilo; Tapaz District Hospital and Bailan District Hospital in Capiz; and Aklan Provincial Hospital.
Meanwhile, Gordon assured the public that PRC remains on full alert to supply the blood needs of dengue patients.
As of August 8, PRC said it has provided 330 units of blood to more than a hundred patients with hemorrhagic complications from Iloilo and Aklan.
PRC National Headquarters on Wednesday sent 85 units of frozen blood products to Tacloban and Palawan.