Nicoya, Life & Health

Nicoyans Knocked Down by Dengue

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Nicoya is on the top of the list of cantons with the highest number of dengue cases in the country.

So far in 2013, there have been 2,680 cases in Nicoya canton, 3 of which are hemorrhagic dengue. Health officials now consider the numbers alarming, especially since it seems to be increasing.

In the last week, 307 people were diagnosed with dengue fever, which shows a progressive increase in the canton.  

According to the press department of the Ministry of Health, the most affected neighborhoods have been San Martin with 350 cases, Los Angeles with 300, Corralillo with 250 and Curime with 200 cases reported.  

Currently dengue serotype 1 is the most circulated in Nicoya and the population segment that has been most affected is between 20 and 64 years old.  

Meanwhile, Oscar Mendez, administrative assistant in La Anexion Hospital reported that they have treated up to 63 patients a day, and the hospital stay is at least four days to keep the patients in observation.   

Mendez recalled that the medical center not only treats patients of Nicoya but also receives people from Nandayure, Hojancha and Santa Cruz, so sometimes they are overwhelmed by the number of people using medical services.

The Regional Direction of Education in Nicoya has issued a series of instructions to schools in the canton to perform waste collection campaigns inside and outside the classrooms.  

Yendri Castillo, assistant of the Director of Education in Nicoya, said that on August 19th all schools will begin cleaning squads in each elementary and high school, as well as in the surrounding neighborhoods.  

According to data from the Area of Health in Nicoya, fumigation has been perfomed in cycles house by house using Leco machinery (heavy equipment). The local municipality has supplied two trucks to collect rubbish that may serve as breeding places.  

 Oscar Mendez reminds people to continue to monitor the appearance of possible breeding grounds in stagnant water and raise awareness to eliminate them as soon as possible.