DOH XI re-launches 4 o'clock habit against dengue fever

Subscribe Now June 11, 2013 at 07:43pm

The Department of Health in Davao Region has renewed the prevention awareness campaign of the dengue fever through the four o'clock habit.

Engineer Antonietta Ebol, program manager of the Dengue Program of the DOH XI said the current program calls on all residents to stop, look and listen to prevent being afflicted with the dengue illness.

She said people must be wary that at 4:00 pm whether in the office or at home they stop, look and destroy the breeding ground of mosquitoes.

Ebol said residents must also heed to the voice of their barangay officials on the right information on prevention and control of dengue carrying-mosquitoes in their locality.

She said the 4 o'clock habit through launched in 1996 remains an effective prevention of dengue fever.

“We need to relaunch this activity in order to involve all sectors since it has been a very effective control measure against dengue fever,” Ebol said.

She underscored that 8:00 o’clock and four o’clock are the times where dengue-carrying mosquitoes are active in feeding themselves.

Ebol said the four o’clock habit will be relaunched in other parts of the region in June 19, June 20, June 26, and June 27 at the Matina Central Elementary School, Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Monkayo, Compostela Valley, Digos City, Davao del Sur and Mati City, Davao Oriental.

Cleofe Tabada, chief of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the DOH 11 noted an increase in the incidents of dengue in the region to 4,916 as of June 4, 2013 from 3,016 on the same period 2012.

She said most of these cases were diagnosed as dengue fever by doctors when patients were admitted or referred to the medical facilities in the region.

“Though there was no confirmation that all of these incidents were dengue fever, but they were managed as dengue cases,” Tabada said.

She said the dengue fever campaign will be more intensified up to July, when the rainfall is highest in terms of frequency of occurrence.

Tabada said there is no medical cure yet for dengue cases aside from strong immune system.

“As long as you rest and feed yourself well, and have a healthy lifestyle, you cannot be easily afflicted with dengue. Incidentally not all people have strong immune system,” she said.


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