DOH advises public vs Dengue, hot weather-related illnesses
By Carlito C. Dar
BAGUIO CITY, March 26 (PIA) - - The Department of Health reminds the public to clean up possible mosquito breeding sites in their homes and surroundings with Dengue cases still in the upward trend.
DOH – Cordillera Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit head Geeny Anne Austria, in a Kapihan media forum Wednesday, reported that from January 1 to March 9, there were 1,267 Dengue suspect cases recorded in the region, a 73 percent increase compared to the 732 cases recorded during the same period last year.
DOH – CAR RESU also recorded three Dengue – related deaths in Cordillera during the same period.
Austria, thus, reiterated the health department’s 4 – S campaign against Dengue – “Search and Destroy” possible Dengue mosquito breeding Sites, Self – protection, Seek early consultation, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.
Given the dry spell due to El Niño where people tend to keep or reserve water supply in their homes, Austria also reminded the public to ensure that water containers are properly covered and that there is no stagnant water on container lids where mosquitoes can breed.
On other dry weather-related health concerns, Austria also warned the public against diarrhea which is associated with hygiene or the lack of proper hand washing and proper food handling/preparation.
The hotter temperature also hastens food spoilage and for food bacteria to develop, she added.
Meantime, Austria also reminded the public on the vaccine preventable diseases, especially measles which is already in the alarming level nationwide.
From January 1 to March 9 , there were 428 measles cases recorded in the region including one death, an alarming increase compared to the 22 cases recorded during the same period last year.
The health department is currently conducting mass immunization of MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) vaccines, in which they solicit the support of the parents/guardians of children 9 to 59 months old, to bring their child to barangay health centers and government immunization centers for immunization. (JDP/CCD with Kim Caoile- PIA CAR-UCU Intern)