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DOH Reveals Preparation Against Dengue Amid Outbreak of COVID-19

DOH – The Department of Health is preparing for dengue amid the outbreak of coronavirus or COVID-19 in the Philippines.

Currently, PH is facing a huge national health crisis – the 2019 coronavirus or COVID-19. This disease that was first recorded in China has infected over nine (9) thousand people in the country.

According to the Department of Health, out of the 9,223 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the country, 607 of these patients died due to the disease. The total recoveries now is at 1,214.

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Now that we are in the month of May, the rainy season is entering the country. During the rainy days, one of the most rampant cases in the country is dengue.

Based on a report of Bombo Radyo Iloilo, DOH is now preparing against dengue amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines. Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire expressed that local government units were discussed to have two (2) hospital pathways.

One of the pathway is for COVID-19 patients while the other is for non-COVID cases. Based on the report, the health department is also designating “referral hospitals” that will be in-charged to cater coronavirus patients.

Vergeire assured that the department is doing everything so the healthcare system won’t suffer further from the diseases caused by the rainy season. Currently, the system is on the transition phase over the pathway preparations.

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