Community action vs dengue urged
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (4 June) -- Health officials in Capiz appealed anew to Capiceņos to help the fight against the dreaded dengue disease.
Sanitary Inspector Jane delos Reyes of the Capiz Provincial Health Office (PHO) disclosed that they are calling on the active participation of everyone in the community to prevent the spread of dengue.
De los Reyes said that more efforts should be done to prevent the day-biting dengue mosquito.
She revealed that from January to May, Capiz has already registered 34 suspected dengue cases while the province has recorded a total of 126 with 2 casualties in 2008.
According to her, the focus of their activity in the province this June, which has been designated as the dengue awareness and prevention month, is on the conduct of weekly surveillance, advocacy campaign and networking with private and public hospitals as well as rural health units of the various towns and city here.
Earlier, Health Secretary Health Secretary Francisco Duque launched the government's nationwide anti-dengue campaign in Tondo, Manila dubbed as, "Ako, Ikaw, Tayong Lahat Laban sa Dengue."
During the launching, Duque underscored the role of the local chief executives in spearheading the campaign in their respective localities against the dreaded disease.
He reminds the public to continue the implementation of 4S as a strategy to increase public awareness in preventing the spread of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
The 4S strategy against dengue involves Search and Destroy, Self-protection, Seek early treatment, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.
With the onset of the rainy season, Duque cited the common diseases considered as WILD disease during said period, namely waterborne infectious diseases, influenza, leptospirosis and dengue.
He explained that said WILD diseases are easily preventable if only people will follow the advisories issued by the health department on television, radio, newspapers, and even on the internet via the DOH website.
Duque pointed out that the most important key to prevent and control diseases is empowering the people with correct information so that they can take steps to stop their transmission and limit the harm that they bring through proper and timely health-seeking behavior. (PIA) [top]