Beware of water-borne diseases, folks warned PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:46

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

With the onset of the rainy season, the City Health Office has urged residents to take necessary care and precautions to avoid water-borne diseases.

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin on Monday, June 13, said the most common water-borne ailments during the rainy season are typhoid fever, diarrhea, influenza, and leptospirosis. She advised the public to take due care.

She said proper hygiene, hand washing, and maintaining a clean environment are among the effective preventive measures families should practice.

Dengue also remains a concern as data from the CHO show an increasing trend in the number of dengue cases from January to May 2016, with dengue cases in 2016 noticeably higher than the 2015 numbers.

“We can really see from January to April, there’s really an increase in cases,” Uddin said.

Based on CHO figures, there is a 17% increase in cases of dengue for May 2016 as compared to the numbers during the same month last year. March registered the highest increase at 70% (214 cases in 2016 versus 126 cases in 2015).

Towards this end, the CHO is intensifying its anti-dengue drive with health advocacies and information campaigns. Uddin said the CHO will also be spearheading dengue awareness activities in celebration of the Dengue Awareness Month this month (June 22, 23, 24, and 29), as well as the ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15.

Other activities slated for June are the National Kidney Month, National No Smoking Month, World Blood Donor Day, National Safe Kids Week, National Patient Safety Day, National Poison Prevention Week, and the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. — Jasmine Mohammadsali