Tacloban City (December 23) – The Department of Health Region 8 confirmed that there is a dengue outbreak in Barangay Sto. Niño in Naval, Biliran but stressed that the same is now being contained.

Mr. Boyd Cerro of the Surveillance Division of the Department of Health Region 8 said that the reported dengue outbreak is now being acted upon by Health authorities.

“Dr. Salvacion Salas who is the Department of Health representative in Biliran and who has been designated by Governor Roger Espina as the officer in charge of Biliran Health Office, is the one coordinating the action regarding the outbreak,” Mr. Cerro said.

On the part of the DOH 8, it is now preparing medicine assistance to Biliran, Mr. Cerro added. DOH is also awaiting for other needs that the Biliran Health officials may require, he said.

About seven dengue patients have been referred to at the Eastern Visayas Medical Center in Tacloban City, Mr. Cerro said. This is the arrangement that will be taken, he added, for the patients to be referred at the EVRMC.

In the meantime, the people at Barangay Sto. Nino are encouraged to seek medical attention in case of fever. It is usually after fever when the hemorrhagic symptoms occur.

Also, the patients are advised to drink plenty of fluid in order to avoid dehydration.

Meanwhile, the public is advised to always remember the 4S in the prevention of dengue outbreak.

The first is Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites. The second is Self-protection measures. The third is Seeking early treatment and the fourth is Saying no to indiscriminate fogging.

The community plays an important role in the prevention of dengue outbreak, Mr. Cerro said. Together the people in the community must clean their surroundings in order to remove the breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes, he added. (PIA 8)

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