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PIA Press Release
2009/06/04

DOH tells Antique public to be vigilant of dengue

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (4 June) -- The Provincial Health Office alerted the public for the possible outbreak of dengue cases especially now that the weather is favorable for the dengue mosquitoes to thrive, said Mildred Quilino, Information Officer of PHO.

Dr. Zoilo Bernardo E. Tubianosa, OIC Provincial Health Officer said that the people should be vigilant in conducting search and destroy all possible breeding places of mosquitoes and should observe proper cleanliness and sanitation.

Antique has a total of 7 cases from January to end of May this year. All cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque reported the drop of dengue cases compared to the same period last year. The government drive to reduce dengue cases is taking effect, he said.

During the launching of the government's nationwide anti-dengue campaign in Tondo, Manila, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque said the drop in cases is motivating government health workers to improve their services further.

Duque cited the role of the local chief executives in spearheading the campaign in their respective localities against the dreaded disease.

"With the 4S strategy that was widely disseminated in communities and schools last year, people became more aware how easy it was to prevent the spread of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes," Duque said.

The 4S strategy against dengue involves Search and Destroy, Self-protection, Seek early treatment, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

"Our success last year, however, should not lull us into complacency this year," Duque noted adding that dengue is now an all-year round phenomenon due to climate change.

Duque also underscored diseases common during rainy season called WILD diseases.

These consist of waterborne infectious diseases, influenza, leptospirosis, and dengue. (PIA) [top]

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