Leyte town declares state of health emergency due to dengue
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
LEYTE Province, Philippines – A total of 40 in 92 barangays in Baybay City in Leyte are now affected with dengue infection.
The city has currently recorded three deaths and over 200 dengue infections which prompted Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari to declare a state of health emergency
“Ang state of emergency at least we can utilize our funds for this and nag-acquire ako ng more fogging machine,” said Mayor Cari.
The LGU also sought the services of additional doctors and specialists from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 office so that patients needing medical consultations would not need to travel to Tacloban and Ormoc.
The Mayor encourages barangay officials to cooperate with the city health office in conducting a house-to-house awareness campaign to prevent the spread of dengue infection and educate every household with proper sanitation measures and how to maintain cleanliness in every barangay.
According to the data of Baybay City health officials, the increase in dengue infection began in the months of April and May.
“Nagsasagawa po kami ng comparative study way back 2016. Half year lang 58 cases lang po and then we compare sa 2018, half year pa lamang is mga almost 117 na. So parang abnormal na talaga ang trending ng aming mga cases po,” said Wayne Gunhuran of the city health office.
Health authorities advised residents to immediately consult once symptoms of dengue are being experienced particularly an on-and-off fever of up to three days. They added that dengue is serious and can be fatal especially to children if not immediately addressed. – Archyl Egano / Marje Pelayo
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Governor Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. declared on Friday (July 5) dengue outbreak in the entire province of Iloilo.
Defensor signed and issued Executive Order No. 2019-016 to intensify measures to lower the spread of the infection.
The governor also directed all district and provincial hospitals “to extend free service and necessary assistance” to all patients with dengue.
Likewise, he calls on all local government units (LGUs) and municipal health offices across the province to conduct “Do Day Kontra Dengue Drive” or province-wide cleanup operations every Saturday starting July 6.
According to the provincial government, there are now 3,897 dengue cases recorded in the province of Iloilo since January 1, 2019.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Dengue cases in the country has risen by 80% this year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
From January 1 to June 15 this year, the infection has hit more than 92,000 across the country.
Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo advises the public to maintain cleanliness of surroundings and do not let stored water be a breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Since there is no tested vaccine for dengue, the DOH reminds the public especially the parents to keep their children protected from mosquito bites especially during daytime.
“Ang dengue mosquito kasi nangangagat iyan simula pagsikat ng araw hanggang lumubog ang araw so ito iyong mga oras na nasa eskwela ang mga bata, (Dengue mosquitoes attack from sunrise to sunset and that covers the period when the children are in school),” Domingo explained.
“Ina- advice natin (na) kapag maraming dengue (mosquito), magpantalon, mag- medyas, magsuot ng long sleeves kung maaari at maglagay ng insect repellant para habang nasa eskwela ang mga bata ay huwag po sana silang makagat ng lamok, (We advise that when we see mosquitoes around, wear long pants, sock, long sleeves and if possible put some insect repellent while your children are in school to prevent them from dengue-carrying mosquitoes,)” he concluded. – with details from Aiko Miguel
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Rainy seasonhas officially started in the country.
But apart from preparing and bringing umbrella, coats, boots and other rain gears, the public is urged anew to take simple health precautions to ward off diseases common at this time of the year.
Among the common illnesses during wet season are influenza, dengue fever and leptospirosis.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious and year-round disease but usually peaks during the rainy season.
To prevent coming down with the flu, health authorities are encouraging the public to get a vaccine against the virus and to boost the immune system by having a healthy diet.
Frequent and proper handwashing can also be one’s defense against the flu virus.
During rainy season, a spike in the number of leptospirosis cases is also observed. Humans may contract leptospirosis through skin abrasions and the mucus of the nose, mouth and eyes when wading in flood waters contaminated with animal urine, particularly from rats.
To avoid getting leptospirosis, one should wear boots or cover open wounds or broken skin if wading through floodwaters is inevitable.
The public is also reminded to take precautions against dengue fever which usually peaks during the wet season.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti.
To prevent contracting dengue virus, the public is urged to take these safety precautions, including searching for and destroying the breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes, wearing long sleeved shirts, using insect repellants and seeking early medical attention for fevers.
Health authorities also strongly advises the public against self-medication, especially when dealing with antibiotic medicines, as it can lead to antimicrobial resistance.
The World Health Organization defines anti-microbial resistance as the ability of a microorganism to stop an anti-microbial medication from working against it.
The DOH advises the public to immediately seek proper medical advice if they are experiencing symptoms of any diseases. (with details from Aiko Miguel)
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