Pangasinan health office on full alert vs. dengue

June 11, 2015 6:08 am 

By Johanne Margarette R. Macob

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, June 10 (PNA)–The provincial health office (PHO) is now on full alert against dengue fever as the rainy season is now fast approaching.

Dr. Anna De Guzman, provincial health officer, said her office is already on alert even before the rainy season set in, anticipating that this disease may again affect many people, especially children, if they do not take extra care.

De Guzman confirmed the PHO is alarmed over the deaths of two persons from the town's of Agno and Villasis due to dengue recorded sometime in April and May.

Aside from the two deaths, the number of cases also increased by 17% or 520 as of June 8 this year as compared to the cases recorded for the same period in 2014, which was 443.

Victims ranged from below one to 94 years old and most commonly affected were five to nine years olds which accounted for 102 cases or 20% of the total number. Majority of cases affected were males, comprising 305 or 59% of the total.

Last year, however, no death due to dengue was recorded and the number of cases even dropped by 70% from the previous year.

"If cases are very few, care takes the back seat as people tend to be complacent, said De Guzman, adding that many people often forget to practice the "4 o’clock habit.

The "4 o’clock habit," crafted by the Department of Health (DOH) aims at dragging down the dengue fever cases through a "stop, look, and listen" approach.

'Stop' is dropping everything and focusing on mosquito control, 'look' is looking for possible dengue-carrying Mosquitos breeding sites, and 'listen' is listening to instructions from authorities as to dengue, the DOH said.

Meanwhile, De Guzman, noting that mostly affected are school children, said that they have already coordinated with district sanitary inspectors to check on school premises.

We have told them to urge municipal sanitary inspectors to check on school premises, particularly on presence of stagnant water and and the need to trim down some leaves of trees, she said.

Top municipalities under current PHO watch list on dengue are San Quintin, Manaoag, Mangatarem, Natividad, San Carlos City, Balungao, San Nicolas, Umingan, Bani, San Fabian, and Anda. (PNA)



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