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Anti-dengue drive ongoing

The City Health Office, in cooperation with the City Veterinary Office of Dumaguete, has embarked on an anti-dengue drive, specifically through the impregnation of mosquito nets and curtains throughout its 30 barangays.

Dengue Coordinator of the City Health Office, Grace Echavez, said, their campaign has pre-scheduled visits in Batinguel on July 28, Barangay Bajumpandan on July 29, Candau-ay on August 1 and 2, and Junob on Aug. 4 and Aug. 8, while other barangay visitations will follow.

Echavez urged residents in their respective barangays to avail of the program by bringing their clean mosquito nets and curtains for the impregnation process. 

City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah Talla, said the health center is intensifying the conduct of the Information Education Campaign highlighting the 4S, which stands for Search and destroy; Seek early consultation; Self protection measures; and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

She advised the public to always keep their surroundings clean, stay healthy, build up immune system, take nutritious food and vitamin C, have adequate sleep and practice good personal hygiene.

Talla further explained that dengue fever is caused by a virus that enters the body through the bite of a female day-biting mosquito called Aedes Aegypti or Aedes Albopictus. It lays 30 to 100 eggs only in clear stagnant water and an adult mosquito lives only for 18 to 20 days.

The signs and symptoms of dengue fever are the sudden rise of fever for two to seven days, body and joint pains, headache, body weakness, small and reddish rashes mostly on the  arms and legs, abdominal pain, nose and gum bleeding, and vomiting or defecating of dark colored waste due to bleeding inside the stomach,  Talla said.

If these symptoms are observed, medical help should be immediately sought, she added.*JFP


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