Public urged: Clean surroundings in fight vs. dengue

The rainy days are here and with them come diseases the public needs to watch out for, especially if they want their children to regularly attend classes.

Dengue, diarrhea and cholera are some of the diseases common during this time. Dengue-carrier mosquitos also strike both young and old population.

Considered most vulnerable at a time like this are the very young, including infants and toddlers. Because they are unable to verbalize their discomfort, treatment can be a concern.

The Cebu Provincial Health Office emphasized that the fight against dengue is year-round, said Dr. Wilson Egos and PHO Information and Education Promotions Officer II Wilfredo Salgado Jr.

It’s a regular campaign directed at getting rid of dengue breeding grounds, especially stagnant waters where dengue carriers likely to breed.

Local government units (LGUs) can help in environmental activities by encouraging residents to clean their backyards. The PHO conducts misting activities year round. They assist LGUs with the misting activity including larvaecidals.

According to Egos, adults should also practice self-protection like wearing protection against mosquito bites, wearing pajamas or using mosquito nets, which are inexpensive compared to mosquito repellents.

For any member of the family with fever, Egos’ advise is early consultation with a doctor so the appropriate next steps can be taken.

Diarrhea is also a rainy day illness. It’s a waterborne disease when bacteria or parasites contaminate water or food.

Boiling water and hand washing, according to the PHO officials, are the most effective ways to combat diarrhea.

Cholera is another serious illness. If not properly addressed, it could be fatal.

Prevention is best for cholera. One just needs to observe hygienic or sanitary ways, like washing hands thoroughly, cooking food thoroughly and boiling water from 10 to 15 minutes. Those who can afford have the choice of buying mineral water. Chlorination accompanies programs against water borne diseases.

Schoolchildren also need to be reminded not to play in floodwaters or canals after heavy rains since they pose risk of leptospyrosis, the infection caused by rats from its waste and urine. The infection can be fatal.

Brigada Eskwela was a big help in cleaning campuses and classroom corners of rat dirt.