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PIA Press Release
2010/07/15

Calls for anti-dengue measures reiterated

Negros Occidental (15 July) -- Health officials has reiterated the call to beef up measures to prevent the spread of dengue.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona in a statement recently said that dengue occurs all throughout the year and not just in months like the start of the rainy season. Ona also urged the local government units to carry out anti-dengue operations.

This was affirmed by Negros Occidental Provincial Health OIC Dr. Ernell Tumimbang in a phone interview with PIA.

Tumimbang said that the local government units in the province practice the 4 o'clock habit the whole year round.

PHO noted that there is only an increase in cases of dengue during the rainy season since it is also the opening of classes where school children are usually exposed to day-biting-dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

LGUs together with the PHO also double their efforts in giving more attention to schools for proper information dissemination on dengue.

Another factor in the increase in number of dengue is the monitoring system that the PHO has devised. A monitoring department monitors the increase and decrease of dengue admissions in public and private hospitals.

"Through monitoring and awareness of dengue, even remote areas are being monitored; this is also one factor for the increase in statistics. Awareness also leads to early diagnosis and so health practitioners can address the problem early on," Tumimbang added.

Dengue Fast Lane are also practiced in health centers where at the onset of fever, the public is advised to bring the patients to the rural health units or health centers where they are given extra attention.

Dengue Fast Lane in health centers helps rule out cases of dengue, typhoid and other weather related diseases and will be referred to hospitals if necessary.

The PHO is also conducting massive information campaign on dengue and urged communities to always keep a clean surrounding to destroy breeding sites of mosquitoes. (PIA/EAD) [top]

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