Malvar, Batangas in State of Calamity Over Dengue

By on Sep 10, 2010 in Current Events, Events, Headlines, Health, Science, World Comments

Dengue MosquitoA state of calamity has been declared at Malvar, Batangas. This is due to the alarming number of dengue cases in the municipality.

According to municipal health officer Dr. Lou Jarigue, a total of 58 dengue cases has been recorded from January to August 2010. One already died from the illness.

Compared to other dengue cases in the province, it is still relatively low. Lipa City has 535 cases and Batangas City has 243. However, Malvar has no hospital and proper medical facilities to deal with the outbreak. Most victims have to be brought to the Laurel District Hospital in Tanauan City to be cured.

The problem is that the hospital is relatively small with only 25 beds while dengue patients can reach up to 70 at any given time.

The declaration of state of calamity was made to free up funds to be used to fight the outbreak, Malvar officials said.

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