Dengue cases in Metro Manila, Cavite on the rise

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Health officials in Metro Manila are preparing for an overflow of dengue patients from Cavite to hospitals in the metropolis.

The San Lazaro Hospital in Manila has added dengue to its Code White alert list since the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome scare hit early this year.

A Code White alert means all hospital staff are on standby round the clock and that medicines and other supplies have been prepositioned.

Dengue admissions in San Lazaro Hospital have more than doubled in August compared to the same month last year.

The hospital administration said the number is still much lower, though, compared to the dengue outbreak in 2012. The hospital has 500 beds.

One of the patients in the ward is three-year-old Jas Benebaye. She traveled all the way from Cavite as the hospitals there could not admit more patients.

Her mother Gloria says she would much rather stay closer to home but was left with no choice.

The Philippine National Police General Hospital has also been swamped with dengue cases. It has even opened a dengue express lane for those showing dengue-like symptoms.

With its pediatric ward at near capacity, the hospital had to use other wards as well.

The Department of Health warns that dengue is a threat during a long dry spell and reminds residents to destroy potential mosquito breeding sites.