COVID-19 cases upsurge as Honduras is dealing with dengue fever

Dr. Franklin Gómez, the school hospital’s deputy director in Honduras, said on Sunday that the rate of dengue fever has grown by about 160% in epidemiological week 23 compared to the same week last year.

Gómez stated that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has been successful in identifying dengue peaks in Honduras, such as those that occurred in 2019.

The Central American country saw the greatest dengue epidemic in its history in that year, with 112,708 cases reported and 180 deaths. “This shouldn’t be if we all contributed,” he explained, “since if we have so many cases, it’s because we don’t take care of our homes in the areas where the mosquito reproduces.”

The medical professional stated that children are among the most sensitive to this ailment since there are presently three young patients in serious condition in the ICU unit.

Similarly, he said, a dozen patients have been stabilized in the country’s major care centre’s fever ward. “We’ve seen roughly 300 cases so far this year; 95% of them are children,” he stated.

The doctor suggested that people from the capital who do not keep their lots clean be sanctioned by the local authorities. An 8-year-old kid died of dengue fever on June 7 at the school hospital after being admitted to the health centre on June 1st.

The Metropolitan Central District, El Paraiso, Metropolitan San Pedro Sula, Choluteca, Yoro, and Cortés are the health regions with the highest prevalence of severe dengue.

Until recently, the total number of non-severe dengue cases was 5,400, which was 2,000 more than in 2021. Dr. Carlos Umaa, for one, warned Hondurans about a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, particularly in the Central District.

Three positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded solely at the headquarters of the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS) in the north zone, he said. In this regard, he said that when treating COVID-19 cases in hospitals, doctors and nurses are once again afflicted by the virus.

COVID-19 has infected more than ten doctors and nurses, according to him. They are asymptomatic in their homes. “Unfortunately, when doctors and nurses become infected, it is the start of a new wave,” he cautioned.

COVID-19 variations are already spreading throughout Honduran territory, according to the representative of the National Congress.

“The attention paid to COVID-19 cases has more than tripled in the last week. We have 86 positive cases in Tegucigalpa,” he said.

Due to the significant number of coronavirus infections recorded in recent days, he advised the capital’s people to take care of themselves. He highlighted his concern about an upsurge in cases while in San Pedro Sula because the Juniana Fair activities began this weekend. He urged people to use the mask in enclosed spaces like malls and shopping malls.