Dengue Outbreak: Health Authorities register 50 deaths and 4.299 cases

Dengue Outbreak: Health Authorities register 50 deaths and 4.299 cases

Health 's professional at Vera Cruz Health Center (VCHC) is attending the children' s who are affected by dengue, on wednesday 19, 2022. Tatoli’s image: António Daciparu

DILI, 21 april 2022 (TATOLI) – The National Directorate of Public Health, through the Clinical Epidemiological Surveillance of Dengue registered 50 deaths and 4.299 cases of dengue in the past three months.

“From january to april 20, 2022, the Ministry of Health (MoH) registered 50 deaths and 4.299 cases of dengue in the country,” said the statement released yesterday.

Of the 4.299 cases, 2.923 were recorded in Dili, followed by 251 in Baucau, 172 in Manatuto, 141 in Covalima, 169 in Manufahi, 153 in Lautem, 118 in Ermera, 113 in Liquiça, 87 in Aileu, 69 in Viqueque, 53 in Bobonaro and 45 in Ainaro.

Of all the recorded cases in Dili, Dom Aleixo Administrative Post had the highest rate of cases among other administrative posts with 1.719 cases registered in the past three months. Meanwhile, Cristo-Rei recorded 462 cases, followed by Vera-Cruz with 309 cases and Nain Feto had 371 cases.

The statement also revealed that of all the cases, 1.066 were recorded at Comoro Health Care Center, 522 at Formoza Healthcare Center, 503 at the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV), 268 cases at the Fatumeta Maternity Clinic, 245 at the Becora Healthcare Center, 204 at the Vera Cruz Healthcare Center, 59 at the Bairo Pite Clinic, 41 at Metinaro Healthcare Center, 11 at Atauro Healthcare Center, two at Motael Clinic, and one each at Moris Foun and Madre Eliza Clinic.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) called on the communities in the capital Dili and municipalities to seek early treatment at the nearest healthcare centers if they experience symptoms of dengue, such as headache, muscle, bone or joint pain, nausea, vomiting, pain behind the eyes, swollen glands, and rash.

MoH also called on the municipal authorities to mobilize the communities with neighborhoods cleanup activities to destroy mosquito breeding sites.

“The communities need to clean up their flower vases, spare tires, containers, water tanks, buckets, etc. Communities also need to use mosquito nets and wear long sleeves t-shirts when sleeping to prevent themselves from mosquito bites,” the statement said.

Journalsit: Felicidade Ximenes

Editor: Florencio Miranda Ximenes/ Nelia Rosario

Translation: Filomeno Martins


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