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The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

Dengue virus dwells in the tropics and sub-tropic parts of the planet. Thus, Asia has suffered most in terms of the rallying cases of the vector-borne disease.

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Having been known for fatal results when not given immediate attention, the virus sets an alarming tone each time an outbreak is reported. Here are the cases that swept Asia in 2017:

PHILIPPINES

Fresh from the scandal that brought Philippine health officials and Sanofi in shambles, the Philippines recorded 657 dengue-related deaths from November 2016 to November 2017. With a total case of 117,654 nationally, Dengue virus still imposes grave challenges to the Filipino nation.

NEW DELHI

In a week’s time, New Delhi covered 176 cases in the first week of December 2017. Although a decline in 2017 Dengue cases were revealed, the number of fatalities still alarm  health officials; the urge to find immediate solutions still an utmost priority. 9,072 cases were recorded this year making up a portion of 153 635 cases and 226 deaths in the entirety of India. 

SRI LANKA

174, 889 cases have been reported in Sri Lanka for 2017. The upsurge in number was brought by all 4 dengue strains found in the country. These strains have brought about 320 deaths according to the Epidemiology  Unit of the Ministry of Health.

PAKISTAN

A town in Pakistan,Peshawar, unfortunately had 69 deaths due to delayed blood transfusion and fluid overload after the dreaded dengue outbreak out of 24,807 laboratory-confirmed cases. 2,849 cases were recorded in the town of Karachi followed by 229 fatalities. 

MALAYSIA

For Malaysia, 81,790 new cases comprise the dengue statistics in 2017. 170 fatalities were recorded for the entire year.

 

Source: PROMEDMAIL.ORG

 

Posted by Clarisse Javier in Blog, Health, Others

PeN HELPS FLOOD VICTIMS IN SOUTH ASIA TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR FAMILIES

SWEDEN, September 12 /PeN/PeN has been helping flood victims in South Asia in reconnecting with their families by providing free messages and calls services.

Because of the heavy rains brought by the monsoon, millions of people in South Asia have lost their homes, and are getting ill. Diseases such as malaria and diarrhea are already on the rise. And unfortunately, more than 1,400 people have died.

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There are approximately 41 million people affected across Bangladesh, Nepal, Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Mumbai.

Aside from suffering from the physical loss and diseases, flood victims are also emotionally traumatized. That’s where PeN extends its services by providing more free calls and messages particularly in the affected areas.

“Sometimes, in order to feel better, you just need to know that somebody cares. Our current app users and total service usage in India, Nepal and Bangladesh have increased during this season, making PeN one of the most efficient ways to reconnect with families. We extended the low cost to almost free services because we know the dire need for this until, such time that the storm passes – literally and figuratively. And we intend to do the same, if there is a need to do so.”
– Charisma Quebral, PeN CMO

One of PeN’s core objectives is to be an instrument of communication for countries where there is limited internet connection.

The number of calls and messages serviced by PeN in South Asia increased by three times during the time of the flooding. The region is also considered the app’s major player with more than 250,000 users in that area alone.

 

Posted by Charisma Quebral in Blog