The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday rolled out tips on how to fight dengue. As our social responsibility, we are reposting this article to help disseminate the information as much as we can. If you also have suggestions and tips related to this life-threatening disease, we invite you to post them in the comments section.
DOH bares strategy for dengue outbreak
As far as the Department of health is concerned the outbreak of dengue can only be countered with a strategy called D.E.N.G.U.E.
D.E.N.G.U.E., according to Health Secretary Enrique Ona, stands for Daily monitoring of patient's status; Encourage intake of oral fluids like oresol, water, juices, etc; Note any dengue warning signs like persistent vomiting and bleeding; Give paracetamol for fever and NOT ASPIRIN which induces bleeding; Use mosquito nets; and Early consultation for any warning signs.
In a media briefing in Malacanang, Ona said that despite the alarming cases of dengue fever in several parts of the country, the DOH remains on top of the situation.
He said that the DOH has launched an information drive in the national down to the barangay level in line with President Benigno S. Aquino's instructions.
Ona pointed out that cleanliness is still the main preventive weapon against the disease. He urged the public to keep their surroundings clean and do away with stagnant water in vases, tires, bottles and gutters that serves as the breeding ground of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, carrier of the disease.
The DOH also advised the public to be constantly aware of the feeding time of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes which is two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset.
During home treatments, Ona said patients afflicted with dengue should use mosquito nets to prevent passing on the disease to other people.
Due to prevention awareness, Ona said deaths from dengue are now less than one percent compared to the two percent recorded in the past years.
For this year, Ona said there are 465 deaths from dengue based on the records of the DOH.
From January to August, Ona said there were 62,503 dengue cases reported most of these in the areas of Western and Eastern Visayas; Central, Southern and Northern Mindanao; CALABARZON (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area; and Metro Manila particularly in Mandaluyong and Marikina.
At present, Ona said the Philippines, together with other members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to pool resources to conduct scientific research on how to effectively combat the dengue disease.
Source: Presidential Communications Operations Office