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DOH bares five dengue endemic areas in Davao

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (23 February) -- The Department of Health (DOH) in the region bared that five (5) areas in Davao City namely: Talomo (North & South); Buhangin, Bnawan, Poblacion B; and Agdao are endemic to dengue fever.

DOH Chief of Local Health Support division, Dr. Ma. Socorro D. De Gracia, in her message during the nationwide simultaneous launching of Anti-Dengue Campaign last February 21, 2008 at NCCC-Mall Matina, Davao City, said Dengue fever is now considered a year-round threat and that DOH is e doubling its efforts to prevent the spread and control of the disease.

Attended by barangay captains led by the Liga ng Barangay of Davao City, Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG); Department of Education; provincial and city health representatives, the simultaneous launching led to the signing of a covenant by lead agencies who pledged their respective commitments in support of the anti-dengue campaign.

A ceremonial turn-over of Anti-Dengue campaign materials was also held to hasten the wider dissemination of information to the public after reports in the increase of cases of dengue in various part of the region.

Engr. Antonietta P. Ebol, regional Dengue coordinator, in her overview of the disease said that there were 14 deaths recorded of Dengue disease in 2006 and death cases were up to 24 in 2007. Mortality rate has increased from 0.65% to 0.70%, she said.

Lead agencies in eradicating Dengue disease have committed to support the promotion and prevention and control of dengue through the following measures:

Search and destroy breeding places of dengue-causing mosquitoes; Self protection measures such as wearing of long-sleeve shirts and long pants and using mosquito repellants; Seek early consultation when early signs such as fever and rashes set in; and Say no to indiscriminate fogging except for outbreak.

A collaborative and concerted efforts among various national and local government agencies is imperative to make this campaign a success, said Dr. De Gracia.

There is a need to undertake a sustained preventive and control measures to address the increase in dengue cases and its occurrence anytime of the year, she said.

The theme for said campaign is: "Puksain and Kiti-Kiti: Sugpuin and Dengue." Master of ceremony during the simultaneous launching was Ana Aurora Remolar. (PIA) [top]

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