DOH Davao to celebrate ASEAN Dengue Day in school

Subscribe Now June 16, 2011 at 11:55am

The Department of Health (DOH) regional office here will be celebrating the ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15 at Bastida Elementary School in Barangay Dumoy, Talomo District, where the highest number of dengue cases was posted in this city in 2010. Engr. Antonietta Ebol, DOH regional malaria control program coordinator of Center for Health Development (CHD) together with the inter-agency Regional Anti-Dengue Task Force, said the celebration will start with a motorcade from its regional office going to Bastida Elementary School. A short program will highlight the 4-S campaign against dengue.

Ebol said 4-S stands for search and destroy, self-protection, seek early treatment, and say no to indiscriminate fogging. It is part of the department's strategies to provide the communities the proper information on how to prevent being infected by the mosquito-borne viral disease caused by a bite of a Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Apart from observing every month of June as Dengue Awareness Month being the peak period of the mosquito-borne viral disease, DOH will also be spearheading for the first time the commemoration of the ASEAN Dengue Day all over the country, she said.

She said the ASEAN health ministers have set the event on June 15 and every year thereafter in a bid to "foster more awareness" about the disease.

Aside from the awareness campaign, the DOH-CHD will also provide treated curtains to Bastida Elementary School during the ASEAN dengue day, she said.

Ebol said the school is chosen as the event's site based on the theme "Eskwelahan, Simbahan, Barangay, Palengke, at Buong Komunidad, Sama-sama Nating Sugpuin ang Dengue." The school is also part of Talomo District which posted the highest number of 1,980 dengue cases last year.

DOH Davao has reported below 500 cases in the region with three deaths in Davao del Norte and in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur since January to March this year, Ebol added.


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