Though dengue cases have declined by 50 percent this year, the Department of Health cautioned the public against complaisance as dengue-carrying mosquitoes are expected to attack during the rainy season.
“We don’t have any reason to be complacent now. If we don’t do something, we may be caught off-guard [by]a sudden rise in dengue cases,” DOH spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy told a press conference earlier this week.
To address this, Taguig City has started the “four o’clock habit” as part of the city’s Dengue Awareness Campaign with an aim to help maintain the downtrend in dengue fever.
Dengue, a disease common in tropical and sub-tropical countries in the world, is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dengue fever is potentially fatal and mainly affects children.
A vigorous clean-up drive and de-clogging operations dubbed as the “Synchronized Action Against Dengue: Kalinisan Panatilihin . . . Dengue Sugpuin” are also done to kill dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Moreover, local authorities go around their respective barangays to disseminate information on dengue symptoms and prevention.
“Dengue prevention entails searching and eliminating breeding grounds of mosquitoes,” Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano said.
Rosalia Panganiban, the city’s dengue coordinator for sanitation, said they were also distributing insect repellant plants such as Oregano and giving lectures about the plant’s propagation, proper solid waste management and other preventive measures.
Anti-dengue kits are also distributed in Fort Bonifacio, Western Bicutan, Tuktukan and Hagonoy.
“[We] have a collective responsibility in exercising vigilant measures against dengue,” Cayetano added.
The DOH gave six tips to prevent dengue:
1. Cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
2. Replace water in flower vases once a week.
3. Clean all water containers once a week. Scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes that stick to the sides.
4. Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rainwater will not collect and breed mosquitoes.