Editorial: Fighting dengue-A A +A
Monday, June 17, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) is already bracing for a rise in dengue cases in the country, particularly in Visayas and Mindanao with the disease's peak season August and September just around the corner.
From January 1 to June 8, the DOH Dengue Surveillance Report listed 42,207 cases including 193 deaths, and the number is expected to increse in the coming months.
Knowing fully well of the situation, DOH is set to intensify its information campaign against dengue in the countryside. In fact, the health department had re-launched its slogan "STP, LOOK and LISTEN"" to combat the killer disease.
STOP means "dropping" everything and shifting current task for mosquito control.
LOOK means that around 4 p.m. and until the next hour, assigned teams carry out systematic "search and destroy" activities that will identify and eliminate mosquito-breeding sites.
LISTEN entails heeding the instructions from local authorities, community leaders, or work supervisors for synchronous implementation of the 4 o'clock habit.
It's imperative for the local government units (LGUs) and the residents themselves to follow this approach to help prevent if not minimize dengue cases.
The fight against dengue sbould start right at one's backyard as the slogan suggests, and residents are advised to follow the 4 o'clock habit as dengue-virus carrrying mosquitoes prefer to bite humans between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Health officials have been constantly reminding the community to take an active role in the fight against dengue. Rightly so, for health is everybody's concern.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 17, 2013.