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DOH intensifies campaign vs dengue

Tacloban City (February 4) -- The Department of Health (DOH) is intensifying its campaign against dengue in the light of the increasing incidence in the month of January, Director Tiogenes Baluma, Region 8 Director of the DOH Regional Office 8.

Director Baluma said that DOH in Region 8 will be launching the 2008 Anti-Dengue Campaign on February 21, 2008 with a motorcade around Tacloban City major thoroughfares and a press conference with the local media thru the Harampang Ha PIA.

The Department of Health observed that the incidence of dengue in the country and even in Region 8 has doubled in January, thus the need for advocacy campaign in the fight against dengue, Director Baluma disclosed.

Director Baluma said that although no casualty due to dengue has been reported yet, there is a need to really see to it that no casualty will be reported by proper information dissemination to the public.

The prevention of dengue is simple, Dr. Baluma said; it all boils down to cleanliness of the surroundings especially areas and things where water could become stagnant and where mosquitoes could breed.

Director Baluma added that for the children especially the small ones who are just at home, it would be good if they wear long pants or pajamas and long sleeves tops so that they will not be bitten by mosquitoes which are the carrier of dengue.

The occurrence of dengue is no longer only confined to the known wet and rainy months of the year anymore because in some parts of the country, rain comes even during the dry season and summer time.

This is one of the effects of global warming, Director Baluma said. When the weather is warm, the mosquitoes will need to bite more because they are more active and so they seek for food. When the weather is cold or during raining season, the mosquitoes will have faster breeding time.

The fight against dengue is not the responsibility of DOH alone, Director Baluma said. All the sectors of the society should help in this fight against dengue, particularly the people themselves.

Director Baluma said we can beat and outsmart dengue but the success will largely depend on the willingness of the people to help and cooperate with the campaign. The community needs to actively participate in the search and destruction of unnecessary containers where these killer mosquitoes breed. We will win this battle if we will fight this together, Director Baluma added. (PIA 8) [top]

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