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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 13:57

Red Cross urges public to start dengue prevention at home

Prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from infecting your loved ones by practicing tried and tested prevention measures—search and destroy, self-protect, seek early consultation, and say yes to fogging—also known as the“4S” method.

To raise awareness of the 4S method, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is conducting a series of campaigns on dengue prevention through its 104 chapters nationwide for the whole month of June, the Dengue Awareness Month.

Photo courtesy of Paul Angelo de Castro of PRC Batangas Chapter

According to the Department of Health’s latest report, 26,042 dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to March 31, a 17-percent decline from the 31,358 cases during the same period last year. The decline may due to public awareness and vigilance through the 4S campaign.

Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease that can lead to severe illness and life-threatening conditions, can be prevented by disposing of unusable tin cans, jars, and bottles that can collect and hold water, as well as covering water drums and pails, replacing waters in flower vases, and clearing roof gutters.

Filipinos, especially children, are also advised to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when going out, use mosquito repellent every day, and allow authorities to conduct fogging in case of impending outbreaks.

Suspected dengue patients are urged to seek treatment if symptoms, including high fever, joint and muscle pain, weakness, skin rashes, nose bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting, dark-colored stools, and breathing problems, last for more than two days.

PRC’s activities include community-based information drives through health assemblies, home visitations, and distribution of information, education, and communication materials on dengue—from preventive measures to symptoms.