Mahinog, Camiguin— The rise of dengue cases alarmed residents here prompting local executives to mobilize its health personnel for a continuous dengue prevention drive.
Immediately, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) in coordination with the Municipal Health Office here (MHO) convened all barangay captains and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders to discuss crucial concerns of the disease and measures to control its spread.
The measure is to heighten public awareness on the preventive measures against the dreaded dengue disease.
The latest surveillance report on dengue in Camiguin went up from 27 cases in 2008 to 91 reported cases in 2009.
With the recorded rise of 64 additional cases last year, the PHO however assures the public that there is no outbreak as these cases are sporadic in nature.
Areas with the highest number of reported cases are in the towns of Mambajao with 61 and Sagay recording about 18 dengue cases.
In Mahinog, there are 5 dengue cases admitted to Camiguin General Hospital for this month alone, a report from the municipal health office showed.
Earlier, a 5-year-old child from barangay Hubangon who lived in Mambajao had succumbed to dengue.
The PHO is now closely coordinating with the Department of Education (DepEd) for a massive dengue prevention and control information drive during parents-teachers meet.
About nine (9) parents-teachers meeting undertaken dengue orientation for this month alone and the information drive will continue for the rest of the year.
Earlier, the municipal health office under Dr. Juanita K. Llacuna advised residents to practice the “4S” which means search and destroy breeding places of mosquitoes, self-protection by wearing proper clothing, seek early consultation and say no to indiscriminate fogging.
Fogging is discouraged as it brings risks to individuals suffering from asthma.
Local health authorities call on everyone to cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, replace water in flower vases once a week, clean all water containers once a week and scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes sticking to the sides.
Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes, old tires used as roof support should be punctured or cut to avoid accumulation of water, collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water.
According to the Web site of the Department of Health, dengue is an acute infectious disease manifested initially with fever. The transmitter of the disease is a day-biting mosquito, which lays eggs in clear and stagnant water.
Signs and Symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of high fever which may last 2 to 7 days, joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, weakness, skin rashes - maculopapular rash or red tiny spots on the skin called petechiae, nose bleeding when fever starts to subside, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter and dark-colored stools.
The provincial capitol, schools and other government offices in Camiguin also undertake periodic clean up of its buildings and surrounding grounds to help stop the spread of the disease. (Homer R. Jajalla, Mahinog Information Office)