Issue of August 5, 2018
Mt. Province

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Proactive stance vs dengue reiterated
by Alpine L. Killa

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Health officials here reminded the public anew to take precautions against dengue.

Based on the report of the Municipal Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Municipal Health Office (MHO), 31 dengue cases have been recorded from March to July. Of the total, Barangay Caluttit recorded the highest with 11 followed by Barangay Poblacion with eight; barangays Bontoc Ili and Tocucan, four each; Barangay Samoki, two; and one case each in barangays Alab Oriente and Alab Proper.

Municipal Health Officer Diga Kay D. Gomez advised the public to follow and practice the 4S, which stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; Safe protection measures; Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days; and Say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak.

She also asked public cooperation by maintaining cleanliness in homes and backyards; disposing tin cans, jars, and bottles that can collect and hold water; covering water drums and pails; replacing water in flower vases; and clearing roof gutters to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.

Health officials also urged suspected dengue-infected patients to seek treatment if they have high fever; feel joint and muscle pain and weakness; have skin rashes, nose bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting, dark-colored stools, and breathing problems that last for more than two days.

Bontoc Mayor Franklin C. Odsey said the municipal government through the MHO in partnership with the Provincial Health Office, rural health midwives, barangay health workers, and barangay officials have been conducting information, education, and communication campaign in the different barangays on the preventive measures against dengue.

The sangguniang bayan passed Ordinance 304, s. 2018 known as the “Anti- Dengue Vector Ordinance” that sets prevention and control measures to mitigate dengue fever cases.

In support of the ordinance, an anti-dengue task force has been created to ensure the implementation of the ordinance. The task force shall oversee and implement the clean-up drive and coordinate with agencies or offices concerned relative to the information campaign against dengue.

Odsey said that while the government is doubling its effort in the fight against dengue, it needs the participation and commitment of the community, especially in the maintenance of a clean and healthy environment.

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