Health office campaigns for dengue prevention

As the country observes Dengue Awareness Month in June, the Cebu Provincial Health Office (PHO) through the Provincial Dengue Task force continues to monitor dengue cases province-wide, covering 44 municipalities, six component cities and 1,203 barangays.

There are personnel trained on diagnosis and management of prevention and control of dengue infection, focusing on early detection and referral.

Efforts are also in place for the information and education campaign on dengue prevention and control.

Genosolango’s office recommends campaigns against dengue that emphasizes the importance of eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

Dengue is one of the dreaded diseases to watch out for during the rainy days. This is because  of the likelihood of waterpools gathering up in many corners of gardens and backyards, which are attractive to mosquitos.

The monitoring team through the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) recorded ten municipalities with the highest number of cases monitored in January 2014 to May 2016.

PESU monitoring in Charge Cyril Pangatungan said a higher morbidity rate can be observed during the rainy months, including May.

In 2015, Balamban, Carcar and Daanbantayan have the top number of cases at 279, 215, and 213, respectively. Consolacion has 118, Argao 116  and Minglanilla 110. Danao City, Barili, Toledo City, San Fernando, and Pinamungahan also had cases above 80.

From January to May this year alone,  Balamban is still on top with 203 cases, Carcar 109, Cordova 71, Toledo City 70, and Tabogon 64.

Badian, Molaboal, Asturias, Pinamungahan, and Daanbantayan had also reported dengue cases.

The PESU registered a total of 25 dengue deaths in 25 municipalities from January to May 2015. In 2016, from January to May, nine deaths have been recorded.

Lectures are being conducted in the municipalities under PHO’s dengue prevention program.

If a family member has fever for two days already with rashes on skin, they are advised to consult their physician immediately or visit the nearest health center or hospital.

If it is dengue, serious complications of the disease can develop. If the complications are recognized early, and a doctor is consulted, it may save the patient’s life.

Misting is performed only  when there are confirmed or suspected dengue cases in a household.

The PHO noted big numbers concerning cases and deaths. This is why the Provincial Health Office has taken on the challenge to reduce morbidity and mortality rates of dengue infection to a level where it is no longer a threat  to public health.

PHO  Head Dr. Cynthia Genosolango said they are never lacking in reminders to barangay constituents about seeking early medical attention when there is family member suspected of dengue infection.