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RHU Tandag spearheads anti-dengue campaign

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

Tandag, Surigao Del Sur (June 29) -- The Dengue Awareness program of the Department of Health (DOH) thru the Rural Health Office of this municipality headed by Dr. Ruth Arraz formally launched Dengue-Awareness Month held recently at Seasons Park Apartelle here.

The Anti-Dengue Campaign '09 was participated by the Local Government Unit of Tandag, different National Agencies, Stake holders, Brgy. Captains and Barangay Health Workers.

During the presentation of Dengue Situation, Dr. Arraz said that dengue is a manmade problem that can be related to human behavior. "Problems related to disposal of waste, poor water storage and unsatisfactory sanitary conditions are the factors increase the habitats of the mosquito," she said.

The dengue virus spreads through the bite of the infectious female Aedes mosquito which breeds in artificial containers and in improperly managed garbage where clean and or clear water accumulates. Likewise, increased travel and movement of people coupled with inadequate or delayed response to epidemics worsen the problem, Dra Arraz added.

For Tandag alone there are 15 cases recorded by RHU Tandag from January to June this year, and they are hoping that no additional cases will occur till the end of this month.

To aware with, the DOH-RHU promoted "4S Kontra Dengue", Search and Destroy, Self-Protection Measures, Seek Early Consultation and S Say No to Indiscriminate Fogging.

Anchored on the theme: "Puksain ang Kitikiti, Sugpuin ang Dengue!", the launching ends with the Signing of the Pledge of Commitment from the Participants who joined the celebration. (PIA-Surigao del Sur) [top]

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