Dengue war starts at home

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Friday, February 21, 2014


THE City Government of Davao reminded barangay leaders that dengue prevention must start at their level.

City Health Officer Josephine Villafuerte said the barangay officials play a vital role in the campaign against dengue.

She said the leaders can easily tap on their constituents to implement the 4 o'clock habit and clean the surroundings to prevent dengue.

Villafuerte said there are already 147 cases of dengue, with one death, in Davao City from January 5 to 11 this year.

In 2013 (January to November), there were a total of 6,866 cases, with 85 deaths.

Although the number of morbidity decreased from 7,429 in 2012 to 6,866 in 2013, but the city's mortality rate increased from 50 (2012) to 85 (2013).

She said Talomo South still recorded the highest cases of dengue. The barangays in Talomo South are Bago Aplaya, Bago Gallera, Dumoy, Ma-a, Talomo, Baliok, Catalunan Pequeño, Langub, Magtuod and Talomo Proper.

Records showed that the top three districts are Talomo South (1,191 cases with nine deaths), Talomo North (1,118 cases with 11 deaths) and Buhangin (846 cases with 10 deaths).

Councilor Joselle Villafuerte, City Council chair for committee on health, also urged everybody not to turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to the City Government's reminder against dengue.

Dr. Richard Mata, current chief of clinics of the Panabo Polymedic Hospital, said the best and most effective way of treating a person with dengue is water hydration since it is a disease of dehydration.

He said the patient just needs to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and bring all the lost energy back to his or her body.

The study of Mata can also be viewed on his website, http://solving-dengue-fever.com/

Councilor Villafuerte earlier said the study of Mata is useful in combating the ballooning number of dengue cases in Davao City.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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