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DOH stresses value of village cleanup in preventing dengue
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

In line with the national alert on dengue, the Department of Health-Cordillera advices the public to help control the epidemic by removing the carriers of the deadly disease itself.

Geeny Anne Austria, head of the DOH Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, said one dengue-carrying mosquito could hatch eggs, multiply, and spread dengue.

Ang pinakaepektibong prevention sa dengue is the absence of the dengue carrying mosquito. Kung wala ‘yung lamok, wala ring dengue,” Austria said during the regular Talakayan sa Environment Code on Aug. 29, where she discussed the latest national health concern that can dealt with by having a maintained environment.

Austria reminded that cleaning the surroundings to get rid of mosquito breeding sites would be useless if it is done by only person or household. She said members of a community should all clean and keep their respective areas free of possible breeding sites and encourage them to make this a habit. “Ang isang kaso ay maaaring dumami,” she added.

In Baguio, 384 dengue cases have been monitored from Jan 1 to Aug. 17, peaking in July and August.

Although only slightly higher than last year’s incidents, Austria said 23 barangays in the city have recorded clustering of cases, which means a barangay had more than three reported cases in four consecutive weeks.

The number represents cases that have been monitored by DOH after the patient or potential victim sought consultation and medical attention.

Austria said it is possible that the number of cases is higher, if there are those who did not seek for consultation.

“In our surveillance what we only see are those who went for consultation. What we hope is to know if there is one case within a barangay so that we could immediately prevent the disease from spreading,” she said.

The DOH reiterated that the best cure for dengue is the practice of 4S: search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; employ self-protection measures such as wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts, and daily use of mosquito repellent; seek early consultation; and support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.


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