By Analou De Vera
With the series of heavy downpour brought by weather disturbances these past few days, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reminded the public anew to take measures in order to prevent illnesses associated with the rainy season.
Duque, during his visit at the Kaingin Bukid Barangay Apolonio Samson in Balintawak, Quezon City Wednesday, stressed the importance of collecting garbage regularly as well as for the local governments to improve the flood control programs and the conduct of rodent control, in order to prevent the spread of leptospirosis in the community.
He also advised the residents to avoid wading in floodwaters and if it cannot be avoided, the health chief recommended wearing protective gears such as rubber boots.
Leptospirosis’ symptoms include high fever, muscle pain, eye redness, yellowing of the skin, tea-colored urine, decreased urine output, cough, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Moreover, to prevent the spread of Dengue disease, Duque advised the public to follow the health department’s ‘4S strategy’ consisting of search and destroy mosquito breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and say ‘ Yes’ to fogging/ spraying during outbreaks.
Among the symptoms of Dengue are high fever which may last from two to seven days, muscle and abdominal pain, skin rashes, nose bleeding, vomiting, dark colored stools, and difficulty in breathing.
Duque, meanwhile, assured that all government hospitals are ready to treat leptospirosis and dengue cases. He also urged local government officials to report to the DOH if there is an increase of cases in their areas for proper and immediate intervention.