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PIA Press Release
2006/10/04

Government, health authorities intensify drive vs dengue

By Jessie R. Valdez Despite the rise in number of dengue cases in the country, the government health agencies and local government units go hand in hand in intensifying its prevention as well as exerting all their efforts undertaking measures for more effective and speedier delivery of health services to dengue victims and dengue suspected cases.

The Provincial Health Office in La Union headed by Dr. Jose C. Ostrea has been constantly monitoring and making rounds especially in the depressed areas reminding and advising the residents to remain vigilant in preventing the disease from spreading further by keeping their surroundings clean always.

According to Dr. Ostrea, a massive information campaign with the use of the tri-media approach: print, broadcast and seminars including the distribution of information materials against the mosquito-borne disease has been made long before the onset of rainy days. This is a yearly activity where health offices, local government units, barangay officials and other concerned agencies put their acts together in educating the people on the prevention and control of the said disease, Dr. Ostrea added.

“A province wide fumigation and fogging in thickly populated areas as well as in schools were also conducted as early as of June.” he added.

But, despite all efforts done, Dr. Ostrea said, dengue cases recorded this year is higher with 554 compared last year with only 232. “That’s why we urged the communities / barangays to focus on search and destroy operations by cleaning and removing all possible breeding places of mosquitoes inside and outside the house as the best means of preventing the potentially fatal disease” Dr. Ostrea stressed.

The cleaning of house gutters, disposal of old tires and all others where water is stocked to be drained and he even recommended the use of pest control measures as well as insect repellants to help control dengue fever disease.

On the other hand, DOH encouraged the public to be observant of the symptoms of the dengue fever to immediately go to the nearest health center since it is very important to recognize and detect early the occurrence of the disease for immediate and proper treatment.

In a health advisory, dengue is a viral infection which in recent years has become a major international public health concern and is found in tropical regions around the world, predominantly in urban and pre-urban areas.

Dengue viruses are transmitted with the bite of a tiger mosquito – aegypti especially when attracted to the odor and sweat of human beings during daytime. However, its peak biting time is after sunrise and at dusk – especially one hour before sunset.

According to medical health experts. until now, there’s still no specific treatment for dengue fever, no antiviral or antibiotic that can directly fight off the dengue viruses.

The government and health authorities / officials are asking the full cooperation of everyone to adhere to the preventive measures and do their part of controlling the disease. The government and health authorities have done everything, have exerted all their efforts but if we people do not cooperate, we suffer. Our lives are precious so, let’s help eradicate this disease. (PIA La Union) [top]

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