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PIA Press Release
2010/06/02

Antique continues campaign against dengue

San Jose, Antique (2 June) -- The Provincial Health Office continues its campaign against'aegis aegypti', the day biting mosquito that brings about dengue diseases especially with the onset of rainy season.

Dr. Zoilo Bernardo Tubianosa, Provincial Health Officer said the search and destroy operation of the breeding places of mosquitoes continue more particularly now that intermittent rain showers and sunny days are conducive for the mosquito to thrive.

The school maintenance week or brigada eskwela has helped a lot in the maintenance of cleanliness and sanitation in schools to ensure that children will have healthful surroundings.

Tubianosa enjoined the local government units through the sanitary inspectors to spearhead the information and cleanliness drives in communities where there are reported dengue cases. Likewise. in areas where local officials and people are working together for health and sanitation, community mobilization should be sustained.

Aside from search and destroy operations, communities are also reminded of the 4S to get rid of dengue mosquitoes. It also include self protection, since dengue is a low-flying and day biting mosquito children are advise to wear long pants even during day time.

Seek early medical attention when patients suffer from signs and symptoms of dengue such as high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Say no to indiscriminate fogging because it is considered temporary solution to the problem. It cannot get rid of the larvae instead it will only drive away mosquitoes to find new breeding places. Fogging is only advisable when there are epidemics and outbreaks.

PHO also cautioned the public of other water borne diseases like diarrhea. If in doubt of the safety of the water source, boil the water for drinking, Tubianosa concluded. (PIA6/psm) [top]

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