DOH-ARMM intensifies drive vs dengue, reports 7 deaths PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:20

Seven persons have reportedly died due to dengue in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as the Department of Health-ARMM ordered on Friday all provincial health offices in the region to intensify campaign against the mosquito-born disease.

Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, ARMM regional health secretary, said those who have died were recorded in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Sinolinding said since January, there are already 355 dengue cases monitored by health providers.

He admitted that one of the 355 dengue patients was a doctor working in the DOH-ARMM. He did not identify the physician.

“Our IPHOs are double time in this campaign,” he said, adding that his office also distributed mosquito nets laden with medicine that kills dengue carrying mosquitoes to communities with high incidence of dengue.

Sinolinding said his office is closely working with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-ARMM for the OL Trap kits distribution.

The DOST has also developed a mosquito OL trap system, a device that helps reduce the number of the female Aedes aegypti, the dengue virus carrying mosquito, by killing its eggs trapped in the “lawanit” strip of the trap.

This device attracts female mosquitoes to lay eggs on a container with a natural larvicidal solution that kills mosquito eggs and larvae, resulting in the decrease of dengue cases.

“There is no epidemic yet but we consider this as alarming since this is a preventable disease,” he said in a radio interview.

Sinolinding said the “ABKD” (Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue) and 4 o’clock habit, the cleaning of environment every 4 p.m. can help to bring down dengue cases.

He said a new anti-dengue campaign in ARMM is known as “Nandirito kami, Naglilingkod at Nagmamahal.”

“Support your health workers, clean your surroundings to destroy breeding sites of dengue carrying mosquitoes,” he appealed to ARMM residents.

In Region 12, the DOH reported almost 4,000 dengue cases, majority of which were monitored in North Cotabato with 1,400 cases since January.

Eight deaths have been reported in North Cotabato and 22 deaths through out the region.

It is believed that the incidence of dengue rises during the rainy season. However, there are still cases of the disease during summer.

DOH-12 said the following are symptoms that appear after four to six days of infection or mosquito bite: fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, skin rash which appears three to four days after the onset of fever, and mild bleeding, with the latter considered to be fatal if not given appropriate action.

Jenny Ventura, speaking for DOH-12, said children who have the symptoms must be immediately brought to the hospital to prevent complications.