Red Cross reminds public to practice dengue prevention measures

Published June 6, 2018, 7:24 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Jel Santos

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Wednesday reminded the public to practice tried and tested dengue prevention measures—search and destroy, self-protect, seek early consultation, and say yes to fogging—also known as the“4S” method.

(photo by Pixabay) Manila Bulletin
(photo by Pixabay) Manila Bulletin

To raise awareness of the 4S method, the humanitarian body is now conducting a series of campaigns on dengue prevention through its 104 chapters nationwide for the whole month of June, the Dengue Awareness Month.

Based on Department of Health’s latest data, 26,042 dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to March 31, a 17-percent decline from the 31,358 cases during the same period last year. The decline may due to public awareness and vigilance through the 4S campaign.

Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease, can lead to severe illness and life-threatening conditions. Such can be prevented by disposing tin cans, jars, and bottles that can collect and hold water, as well as covering water drums and pails, replacing waters in flower vases, and clearing roof gutters.

People especially children, according to PRC, must wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when going out, use mosquito repellent every day, and allow authorities to conduct fogging in case of impending outbreaks.

Suspected dengue-infected patients are urged to seek treatment if symptoms of high fever, joint and muscle pain, weakness, skin rashes, nose bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting, dark-colored stools, and breathing problems, last for more than two days.

PRC’s activities include community-based information drives through health assemblies, home visitations, and distribution of information, education, and communication materials on dengue—from preventive measures to symptoms.