by: Mary Lailani Pitao-Tupaz
– As per record from the Biliran Provincial Hospital, an increase of 34 suspected dengue cases or 47.8% was noted from January to October this year compared to the same period in 2014.
Sheriza Ballescas, newly designated Biliran Provincial Vector Control Program Coordinator said during an episode of Kapihan at Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan hosted by PIA-Biliran live over Radyo Natin-Naval, these suspected cases at the Biliran Provincial Hospital (BPH) were referred to city hospitals of more advance facilities like the Elisa machine and dengue rapid test for confirmation.
Biliran Provincial Hospital does not have the necessary facilities to test and confirm suspected dengue cases, Ballescas added.
The Biliran Provincial Health Office technical team massively campaigns all over the province of Biliran the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue or ABKD to eliminate the most important vector of dengue virus which is the Aedes aegypti mosquito or the yellow fever mosquito.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses, and other diseases. These can be can be recognized by white markings on its legs. They are usually attracted to chemical compounds emitted by mammals and only female mosquitoes bite for blood to mature her eggs.
Rio Rosales, Biliran Provincial Nutrition Coordinator, urged the Biliranons during the Kapihan forum to include in their diet plenty of fruits and vegetables to boost their immune system and resistance to the dengue virus and any other forms of viruses.
Ballescas and Rosales as members of the Biliran Provincial Health Office technical staff, encourage the public to visit their office for more informative materials on the prevention and control of dengue virus in their respective abode. # (PIA8 Biliran)