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Friday, August 19, 2011

Dengue cases decrease But it’s no time to relax


By: Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Aug 19 (PIA) – Seeing a drastic decrease in dengue cases now, a key Bohol health official insists its no time to be complacent.

With two deaths caused by dengue this year, even with only 92 cases listed since January to August 13, Provincial Health Officer Reymoses Cabagnot reminds Boholanos that precautionary measures against the dreaded disease should not just be laid aside.

Speaking at the Kita ug ang Gobernador Friday, Dr. Cabagnot revealed the statistics which is comparatively low compared to 2010, where some 1,502 Boholanos were reportedly afflicted the disease.

According to Dr. Cabagnot, while we are lucky we have no concern on dengue like what happens in Luzon, he still reminds people to follow the simple steps to be risk free from dengue.

On the same radio program, Governor Edgar Chatto reminded Boholanos that an executive order has been issued for Boholanos to keep the habit of cleaning one’s premises to stop the proliferation of virus carrying mosquitoes.

Chatto stressed on massive public support, participation and cooperation against the total elimination of the threat.

To get off from possible dengue outbreaks, Dr Cabagnot shares the 4S as anti-dengue tips.

For most people, the firs S: Search and Destroy can be easily accomplished.

People in the community should go to potential sites where the dengue-carrying mosquitoes live: stagnant and clean water, collected pools on discarded containers and any vessel, which can hold water must be emptied.

He also said the second S: self protection still proves to be effective. He cited putting on mosquito nets or insect repellents can help keep people from the dreaded dengue-virus mosquitoes.

In cases where dengue has been suspected, the third S could help: seek an early consultation from medical professionals.

The doctor said that even if dengue has been normally associated with kids, adults are also as vulnerable. Here, he said an early proper detection can mean life and death of a patient.

Do not wait until the patient has bled, the doctor advised adding that four strains of dengue have been found in the country.

He stressed that even if dengue is primarily caused by virus carrying mosquitoes, people must refrain from indiscriminate fogging operations.

Indiscriminate fogging can only drive the mosquitoes momentarily away but is no assurance that they would be totally eliminated, admits one medical professional in a chance interview. (30) 

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