Dengue awareness month kicks off PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:11

Aimed to drumbeat awareness on the control and prevention of the mosquito-borne disease dengue hemorrhagic fever, the City Health Office in coordination with the Department of Health regional office launched yesterday the observance of Dengue Awareness Month at the Tumaga Elementary School with the participation of various groups and communities.

The observance kicked off with a motorcade around the city followed by a program at the Tumaga Elementary School. The activities were simultaneously conducted nationwide to strengthen public awareness on dengue which is rampant during the rainy season.

Last year, the City declared a dengue fever outbreak and mobilized a campaign that neutralized the spread of the viral disease.
Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes particularly the Aedes aegypti. The symptoms of this disease include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and skin rashes.

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos has repeatedly advised the public to always maintain clean surroundings in their respective home. Stagnant water in tires, vases and other possible areas should be emptied to avoid the breeding of the carrier mosquito.

Present during the launching activity yesterday were Dr. Agbulos, DOH regional officials, Tumaga barangay council headed by chairperson Carol Gaganting, Tumaga Elementary School principal Dr. Vilma Brown, parents, students and many others. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO