July 16, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – With the unpredictable weather conditions experienced now, the public is reminded to take precautions against dengue fever.

Municipal Health Officer Diga Kay Gomez reported 20 dengue cases recorded from January to May 2024 in the municipality during the flag raising ceremony on June 3.

Of the total cases, Barangay Caluttit recorded the highest with four, three each in barangays Samoki and Mainit, two each in barangays Dalican, Bontoc Ili, Poblacion, and Guina-ang, and one each in barangays Tocucan and Gonogon.

According to the World Health Organization, dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease that can lead to severe illness and life-threatening conditions.

 Dengue fever has already become a year-round illness because of the ability of dengue-carrying mosquitoes to thrive in either dirty or clear and stagnant water stored in various containers.

The public is advised to follow and practice the 5S anti-dengue method. The 5S stands for search and destroy mosquito breeding places, safe protection measures, seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days, say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak, and sustained hydration.

The Municipal Health Office (MHO) in partnership with the Department of Health-Provincial Office, Provincial Health Office, rural health midwives, barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay officials, and other partner stakeholders have been conducting continuous massive information education and communication campaign in the different barangays on the dengue preventive measures.

Barangay officials, BHWs and child development workers have also taken the lead in the Oplan Taob program.

In support of these initiatives, personnel from the MHO and DOH-Human Resources for Health went around the barangays and schools to turn over Ollyset nets and larvicide which were provided by the DOH.

Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. solicited the commitment and participation of the community in maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

“While the government is doubling its effort in the fight against dengue, it cannot do it alone. It needs the support of the public by taking action,” the mayor said.

Tudlong said maintaining cleanliness in homes and backyards; disposing tin cans, jars, and bottles that can collect and hold water; covering water drums and pails; replacing water in flower vases; and clearing roof gutters to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes are some ways to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

Health officials also recommend self-protection by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and use of mosquito repellents.

Suspected dengue-infected patients are advised to seek treatment if 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. – Alpine K. Malwagay