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148 die due to leptospirosis – DoH

Posted on: October 22, 2009

148 die due to leptospirosis – DoH

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:34:00 10/22/2009

Filed Under: Health, Diseases, Flood

MANILA, Philippines – Less than a month after most of Luzon was submerged in floods, the Department of Health (DoH) reported 148 deaths out of 1,963 Filipinos afflicted with leptospirosis as of October 21.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said of the 15 Metro hospitals that admitted leptospirosis cases, the National Kidney Institute reported the highest fatality at 48, followed by East Avenue Hospital (38), National Kidney Institute (15) and Quirino Memorial Medical Center (10).

Early this month, Duque warned of a surge in leptospirosis cases after tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng submerged most of Luzon in floods. Some areas, including those in Metro Manila, remain submerged in murky floodwater.

From 177 leptospirosis cases reported between October 1-12, the department’s tally rose to 1,000 cases on October 15 and leaped to 1,963 on October 21.

Hospitals that have admitted the highest number of leptospirosis patients include San Lazaro Hospital with 412 cases; Quirino Memorial Medical Center, 306; East Avenue Medical Center, 283; The Medical City, 185; Philippine General Hospital, 161; Amang Rodriguez, 148; and National Kidney Institute, 142.

The DoH has entered into an agreement with five private hospitals so the government can refer indigent patients who can no longer be accommodated in congested public hospitals.

Under the memorandum of agreement signed Thursday between the DOH and the five private hospitals, the government will subsidize the cost of treatment per patient in the amount of P5,000 for an uncomplicated case and P20,000 for a complicated case.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted the subsidy is “not enough” to cover the expenses, but under the agreement, the private hospitals will shoulder the cost of the rest of the treatment until the patient recovers.

The five private medical facilities that signed the MOA are: Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City; MCU-F.D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation Hospital in Caloocan City; Manila Doctors’ Hospital in Manila; Los Baños Doctors Hospital; and The Medical City in Pasig City.

“Patients cannot just go to these private hospitals and avail of this treatment package because only those who will be referred by DOH hospitals due to congestion will be accommodated by our pre-identified referral private facilities,” Duque said. With Donna Pazzibugan, PDI


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