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DILI, 22 january 2022 (TATOLI) – The National Public Health Service Unit of the Ministry of Health (NPHSU-MoH), Timor-Leste, reported another 369 cases of Dengue fever in the fourth week of January 2022, bringing the total cases to 713 with 16 deaths recorded.

“During the first until the fourth week of january, 713 suspected cases of dengue were reported in seven municipalities, there were 369 increases in the number of patients in the fourth week of January 22, 2022, of the number 16 were confirmed died,” said the statement released from the Ministry of Health.

Dili municipality reported 506 of all cases last week and this week, Baucau 32 cases, with Manatuto municipality 32 cases, Covalima district reporting 30, Ermera recording 55 cases, Manufahi 32, Viqueque four, Ainaro four, Liquiça three and Bobonaro district reporting 14 cases and Aileu one case,

The municipality of Dili reported the highest number of cases of 272 from the first and fourth weeks of January 2022. The Ministry of Health in 2022 recorded 10 deaths compared to 2021, 11 deaths were recorded, while in January 2022 the MOH had recorded 16 deaths, including seven in Dili and four mainly reported from Ermera district, one from Ainaro, two from Bobonaro, and two from Covalima bringing the death rate at the national level to 2.2 %.

Following the epidemiological calendar, Dili has recorded in the first week a total of 38 cases, in the second week 160 cases, until today 466 cases have been recorded in Dili.

Furthermore, NPHSU said that there are averages of 505 dengue fever patients being admitted in nine selected hospitals across the country.

Regarding the increase in the number of dengue cases, the Ministry of Health emphasizes good preventive health practices in daily life.

The Ministry of Health urges residents to come to the nearest Health Center if they experience symptoms of dengue fever or warning signs such as Nausea, Vomiting, Rash, Aches, and pain (eye pain, usually behind the eyes, muscles, joints, or bone pain).

In addition, MoH urges local authorities to cooperate with the community to conduct neighborhood cleaning activities every week, destroying mosquito breeding sites and reducing the number of dengue cases.

 

Journalist: Jose Belarmino De Sa

Editor: Nelia Borges

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