City Health enjoins City residents to help combat Dengue
TACLOBAN CITY – The City Government of Tacloban through its City Health Office (CHO) has advised residents especially in identified Dengue-affected areas to regularly clean their surroundings and to lead a Health Seeking Lifestyle.
City Health Officer Dr. Jaime M. Opinion, Jr. said that as of July this year, the CHO has monitored 203 cases of Dengue and no fatalities; 62% lower than last year. Most of the recorded Dengue Cases came from the Northern Barangays of Tacloban.
Barangays 106 Sto. Nino, 93 Bagacay, and Brgy. 92 Apitong are the top 3 barangays affected by Dengue reported the CHO.
The City Government under Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez is particularly concerned with the reported dengue cases and has intensified its campaign in the barangays conducting information campaigns with the help of village officials. Fogging/fumigation activities have also been conducted by health officers in dengue-affected areas to destroy the breeding places of Dengue-carrying Mosquitoes.
On top of this advocacy campaign, the CHO however, emphasized that the best prevention is keeping surroundings clean and disposing of anything that may retain water. If fever is present for two or more days, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately.
Dengue symptoms include high fever that lasts 2 to 7 days a headache, muscle and joint pains, stomachache, nose, and gum bleeding, vomiting and the appearance of rashes, among others. Immediate medical attention is advised of anyone that exhibits these symptoms. – H.J. Roca/CIO