by: Rodrigo S. Victoria

NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) – Bannering the famous health line “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”, the provincial health office here intensified its anti-dengue campaign through increasing surveillance activities and awareness campaign in the community.

This came after eleven (11) suspected dengue cases were recorded in the province of Biliran in the month of January this year as per report from the Biliran provincial health office (PHO).

The report states that 11 dengue cases were monitored from Morbidity Week 1 to Morbidity Week 4 as of January 2016 and these cases came from the municipalities of Naval, Cabucgayan and Caibiran.

These reported dengue cases came from barangays Balaquid with one suspected case and Langgao with three suspected cases in Cabucgayan town; Barangay Palenque in Caibiran with two suspected cases and barangays Lico, Capinahan and Calumpang with one suspected case each and Villaconsuelo with two suspected cases in Naval town.

The report also revealed that ten of these cases are admitted in health facilities but no deaths were reported among the ten cases.

Vanessa Veloso Ramirez, Biliran health education and promotion officer said that although these cases are lower compared to same period of last year, surveillance activities and awareness campaign must be intensified in all barangays here in Biliran province to effectively control dengue cases.

Ramirez appealed to all local officials especially at the barangay level to revitalize their ABKD or the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue.

She also reminded the public to observe the 4S in fighting dengue or the search and destroy, self-protection measures, seek early consultation and say “NO” to indiscriminate fogging.

Ramirez said, if the person will experience the following signs and symptoms of a dengue case like sudden onset of high fever which may last for two to seven days; joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes; weakness; skin rashes – maculopapular rash or red tiny spots on the skin called petechiae; nosebleeding when fever starts to subside; abdominal pain; vomiting of coffee-colored matter and dark-colored stools, the affected person is encouraged to seek early consutation in the nearest health facilities like hospital or rural health units for immediate medical treatment.

Ramirez also reminds the public not to be complacent with this type of mosquito-borne disease with the advent of Zika virus, now considered a dreaded mosquito-borne disease brought by the same dengue carrier mosquito, Aedes Aegypti, now affecting some South American countries like Brazil and some countries in the world. # (fj/rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran)

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