DAVAO CITY—The Davao City Tropical Disease Prevention and Control Unit recorded a total of 654 dengue fever cases, including three deaths from the disease, from January to May 2022.
The city government, through the disease control unit, has intensified its publicity campaign against all mosquito-borne diseases on National Dengue Awareness Month throughout the month. of June.
Melodina Babante said Monday that her office is constantly leading prevention and response efforts to combat dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases in the city.
This includes working with barangay units to monitor communities with high dengue cases, indoor residual spraying, distribution of “dengue kits” (containing insect repellent, mosquito nets, paracetamol syrup/tablets and oral rehydration therapy products) and delivery of NS1 Dengue. test kits for suspected dengue fever patients.
Babante said barangay health centers can use the NS1 Dengue test kit for people with symptoms of the disease. Within 15 minutes, health workers can determine if the patient is indeed infected with dengue fever.
Although the LGU continues to carry out intervention measures such as nebulization at the request of the barangay, Babante said that this practice does not guarantee complete prevention of the disease. Instead, she reminded citizens that cleaning up their communities is a more viable method of preventing an outbreak.
“Fogging is not the solution, it’s only for intervention. That’s why people need to keep their surroundings clean. They don’t have to do it alone; it needs to be a community effort,” said she declared.
Babante urged Dabawenyos to practice habits such as applying insect repellents, wearing light-colored clothes that cover the skin amply, and being wary of mosquitoes during peak hours, which is 2 hours after sunset. .
She added that people with early symptoms of the disease (fatigue, joint pain, high fever, loss of appetite and pain behind the eyes) should seek prompt medical attention.—Report by Hernel Tocmo