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Bulacan gov underscores the importance of cleanliness to combat dengue
By: PPAO
Friday, 20 July 2018
CITY OF MALOLOS – Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado urges the Bulakenyos to continuously maintain a clean environment to prevent the prevalence of dengue cases, especially now that the rainy season has officially started.

He added that Bulakenyos should cooperate and help each other in order to combat the said deadly disease.

“Mahalaga na ating paigtingin ang kampanya kontra dengue at palaganapin ang kaalaman tungkol dito upang ating masigurado ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa. Tanging ang kooperasyon at pagtutulungan lamang ng bawat isa ang magiging susi upang mapuksa ang kumakalat na virus na ‘to. Kung malinis ang kapaligiran, kaunti din ‘yung lamok, kaunti ang magdadala ng dengue, at kaunti din ‘yung posibleng magkaroon ng dengue” Alvarado said.

Provincial Health Office-Public Health Head Dr. Jocelyn Gomez added that Bulakenyos should practice the four ‘S’ in order to prevent dengue outbreak in the province.
“When it comes to activities, lahat ng mga dapat gawin ay naka-install na ‘yan sa mga affected areas. Unang-una diyan is the implementation of four ‘S’, the search and destroy, seek early consultation, self-protection, and say yes to fogging during impending outbreak,” Gomez said.

Further, PHO-PH Surveillance Officer Brian Alfonso explained the four ‘S’ activities for every situation. First, if there is no case of dengue, still regular cleaning in the area is a must; second, if two or more dengue cases in the barangay were reported for the past two consecutive weeks (clustering), the campaign against dengue should intensify. One must know the symptoms of dengue and seek early consultation once they got sick for two days; third, if the cases in clustered barangay increased for more than two consecutive weeks (hotspot), everyone should protect themselves (self-protection) against the bites of dengue-carrying mosquitos; lastly, once the barangay announced a dengue outbreak, everyone should say yes to fogging during impending outbreak, meaning seek help from the City/Municipal Health Office for mist-spraying in the affected areas.

In 2016, the PHO-PH reported that about 52, 882 students from public schools in Bulacan received Dengvaxia vaccination and as of July 7, 2018, a total of 2,698 Bulakenyos consulted both in public and private hospitals regarding the acquired vaccination.

“Nagpapakonsulta sila dahil sa matinding surveillance sa mga Dengvaxia recipient ng DOH. Gagawin ito sa susunod na limang taon para mabantayan kung sila ba ay talagang magkakaroon ng malubhang sakit dulot ng dengue. Automatic na kahit saan sila magpatingin ay nirereport sila dito sa PHO. Gusto nating maging resulta nitong surveillance for the next five years ay mapatunayan na ‘yong mga nabakunahan ng Dengvaxia ay nagkakasakit dulot ng ibang sakit,” Alfonso explained.

Compared to the cases from the same period in 2017, suspected dengue cases in the province heightened by 2% with a cumulative total of 2,079 cases from January 1 to July 7, 2018 according to PHO-PH. Also, a total of four suspected dengue-related death cases were reported this year to the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit of PHO-PH from the Cities of Malolos and San Jose Del Monte and the municipalities of Marilao and Pulilan.

Dengue is a mosquito-born flavivirus, which can be found in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world according to the World Health Organization. Mostly, the day-biting Aedes spreads this kind of disease. High fever, severe headaches, skin rashes, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, and nausea are the usual symptoms of dengue.

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