Search and destroy mosquito breeding areas, DOH-10 urges public
by Babes J. Rebultan
Cagayan de Oro City (14 February) -- TO fight and prevent the proliferation of dengue, we should search and destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes. These dengue-carrying mosquitoes, the female ones called "Aedes Aegypti," commonly lay eggs in clean and stagnant water.
DOH-10 entomologist Gemma G.Uy announced this during the DOH quarterly tri-media update held in Cagayan de Oro City, Feb. 12.
She said dengue fever is a viral disease common during rainy season and is transmitted by the bites of infected female Aedes mosquitoes.
She said in searching and destroying the breeding sites of mosquitoes, residents should clean their surroundings, clear areas that could possibly hold water like flower vases, old tires, bromeliad plants, cans, water containers, and many others.
Uy cautioned the public to take notice of dengue fever symptoms: high-continuous fever lasting for 2-7 days, loss of appetite, vomitting, abdominal pain, body weakness, and bleeding tendencies of the nose and gums, among others.
For self-protection measures, one should wear long pants or long-sleeve polo shirts; use mosquito repellants, mosquito nets, or install screen in households, she said.
Affected patients should seek early consultation or go to the nearest barangay health center if fever is present for two days and if there are rashes in the skin.
Uy said these are all part of the DOH "4S" anti-dengue measures: search and destroy breeding sites of mosquitoes, self-protection, seek early consultation, and say "no" to indiscriminate fogging.
Fogging or fumigation should only be conducted if there is an epidemic because the smoke emitted from it will affect the health of people and will destroy the environment, Uy warned.
In 2007, Uy revealed the following reported dengue cases In Northern Mindanao: Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental)-1,429, Gingoog City (Misamis Oriental)–154, Iligan City (Lanao del Norte)–136, Malaybalay City (Bukidnon)–124, Oroquieta City (Bukidnon)–125, Ozamiz City (Misamis Occidental)–70, Tangub City (Misamis Occidental)–66 and Valencia City (Bukidnon)–66.
Cagayan de Oro, having 1,429, has the highest reported dengue cases that affected Barangays Carmen, Camaman-an, Lapasan, and Bugo, among others.
With this, the regional Center for Health Development/Department of Health is re-launching their Dengue Prevention Program, a campaign against dengue, with the theme: "Todo Laban Sa Dengue" on Thursday morning, February 21, this year, at the Provincial Capitol grounds, in Cagayan de Oro. (PIA-MisOrOccCam) [top]