DOH says cleanliness is key to fight dengue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:38

The Department of Health-Representative (DOH-Rep) in Isabela City echoed once again that clean surroundings remains to be the best remedy against dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

In a radio interview, Malaria foreman Benjamin Ordoñez and field assistant worker Jose Fernandez, both from the DOH-Rep, explained the health department’s 4S campaign versus dengue with the slogan “To-DOH laban sa Dengue,” in which “search and destroy” is the peoples’ first line of defense against mosquito-related diseases, like dengue and malaria.

Ordoñez and Fernandez were guests at Philippine Information Agency’s radio program Noticias-Informaccion con Musica over DXNO-FM Radyo Komunidad de Isabela City in Basilan last week.

With almost a thousand cases of dengue reported in Zamboanga City, the DOH in Basilan is intensifying its efforts to educate people and monitor dengue cases in Basilan.

Ordoñez revealed that as of June 18, Isabela City has recorded six dengue cases; Binuangan has two cases while the towns of Aguada, San Rafael, Sumagdang, and Seaside have one case each. He said that based on their inquiry, the victims most likely got the disease from their community, an indication that breeding grounds of these vectors thrive in the area or at least close to the area.

“It is for this reason that we are again reminding the public on the 4S Laban sa Dengue campaign of the health department to fight the disease,” Fernandez said, noting that the department is also observing the month of June as Dengue Awareness Month.

He said the public must know and follow the “4S Laban sa Dengue,” which stands for “Search and destroy, Self-protection measures, Seek early consultation and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.”

Fernandez said that at the start of the rainy season in the Philippines this month, dengue cases have also increased. “During rainy months, water collects in containers, which serve as breeding places for the mosquito vectors, like tin cans, bottles, drums, even canals, and sewerages.”

He also advised individuals who frequent mosquito-infested areas or are living in these areas to use long sleeved clothing, to use mosquito-repellant solution, and develop the habit of using mosquito nets to avoid mosquito bites. He added that patients suffering from any symptom of the disease should immediately consult their nearest health centers or hospital.

Fernandez appealed to the public to remain vigilant, especially when dealing with health issues and problems in the community. He said that dengue hemorrhagic fever is an infectious viral disease usually affecting infants and young children. It is considered as one of the most important arthropod-borne viral disease affecting the Philippines nowadays.

Clinical signs and symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of high fever which may last from two to seven days; joint and muscle pains and pain behind the eyes; weakness; skin rashes; nosebleed and gum bleed when fever starts to subside; enlargement of the liver; vomiting of coffee-colored matter; and dark-colored stool. If blood appears in the stool or vomit and is accompanied by shock, the condition is now called the dengue shock syndrome, which is often fatal. — PIA