June is Dengue awareness month PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 14:15

With the theme, “Eskwelahan, Simbahan, Barangay, Palengke at Buong Komunidad, Sama-Sama Nating Sugpuin ang Dengue,” the Department of Health (DOH) leads in the observance of “Dengue Awareness Month” this month.

The observance aims to heighten awareness of the strategy to fight dengue by adopting the 4S Kontra Dengue. The Centers for Health Development (CHDs) are directed to coordinate with their LGU counterparts to encourage them to conduct a simultaneously activity with the CHDs.

The DOH 4S Kontra Dengue strategy is composed of Search and destroy, Seek early consultation, Self-protective measures and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.
The DOH reported a total of 22,903 dengue cases nationwide from January to May this year. The total number of dengue cases is 8% higher compared to the same period last year. There were 141 deaths recorded with case fatality rate at 0.6%.

“Dengue cases surge during the months of June until August,” Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said, that Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes can breed even in very small receptacles like coconut husk or empty bottles.

Ages of cases raged from less than a month to 89 years old. Majority or 53% of the cases were males and most or 39.9% affected cases belonged to the 1-10 years age group.

Meanwhile, June 15 and every year thereafter will be observed as ASEAN Dengue Day to foster more awareness about the disease. This pronouncement was made during the 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting held in Singapore last July 22, 2010. The theme for the coming ASEAN Dengue Day is “Dengue is Everybody’s Concern, Causing Socio-economic Burden, but it’s Preventable,” Tayag said

The public is being reminded that dengue, is already an all-year round disease, and common during rainy days when there are more mosquito breeding sites. To prevent dengue, the public are advised to destroy all possible mosquito breeding sites like old tires and tin cans, clean roof gutters, replace water in flower vases as often, and to use mosquito nets or protective clothing. Fogging maybe made only in outbreak areas, Tayag emphasized.

“The people, especially schoolchildren, can protect themselves from day bites by using topical insect repellents or by wearing long-sleeved shirts. Suspected cases are urged to seek treatment if there are persistently high fever, appearance of skin rashes or any signs of bleeding,” Tayag concluded. — PIA-DOH