THE Department of Health has announced a decrease in the number of cases of dengue, year on year. From January 1 to May 20, 2017, there were 35,973 reported dengue cases – a 31.8% drop, compared to the same period last year.
The announcement was made last week, as the country joined its Southeast Asian neighbors in marking the 7th ASEAN Dengue Day, observed yearly on June 15.
The Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial warned against being complacent in the drive to free the Philippines of the disease, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that lays eggs in clear and stagnant water in breeding containers such as bottles, drums, used tires, gutters and flower vases.
“The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes, it is important to instill cleanliness in our surroundings and empty containers with stagnant waters to eliminate the breeding places of mosquitoes,” the Heath Secretary advised, in a press statement.
To help prevent dengue, the DOH recommends the following:
Cover water drums and water pails at all times, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Replace water in flower vases once a week.
Clean all water containers once a week. Scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes sticking to the sides.
Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes.
Old tires used as roof support should be punctured or cut to avoid accumulation of water.
Collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water.
Dengue is an acute infectious disease initially manifested with fever. Its signs and symptoms include:
• Sudden onset of high fever which may last 2 to 7 days.
• Joint & muscle pain and pain behind the eyes.
• Skin rashes – maculopapular rash or red tiny spots on the skin called petechiae
• Nosebleeding when fever starts to subside
• Abdominal pain
• Vomiting of coffee-colored matter’
• Dark-colored stools
According to Secretary Ubial, “If fever is persistent, with or without rashes, it is imperative to seek early consultation in the health facilities for proper medical management and to avoid serious complications.”
Visit any Healthway Medical clinic immediately, if you observe these signs and symptoms.
For more information about dengue, call Customer Care Hotline (02) 751 4929 or visit the Healthway Medical website at www.healthway.com.ph
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Sources: http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/10210 and http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/2222