by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, August 28 (PIA) — The number of dengue cases in Sorsogon remain low as health authorities credited intesified campaign and residents’ high awareness and full support yo prevent and control the dreaded disease from spreading among communities.
Cleanliness of surroundings and following the 4 S against dengue has helped a lot.” Dr Maricel Fajardo explained in an interview conducted by the Philippine Information Agency office here Friday.
Fajardo explained that the “advocacy of fear” has become a very significant strategy of the Department of Health (DOH) V and Provincial Health Office (PHO), barangay officials and health workers
“People have been very afraid of what dengue can cause to a one’s health that can even claim one’s life. With the very high incidence of dengue last year, we have really intensified our efforts to inform the public on how to combat collaboratively this incidence” she said.
She also thanked the support provided by the media community in heightening the awareness of the public against dengue through the constant messages or reminders provided to them.
She said the information dissemination campaign provided to the public through radio and print has created in them the right attitude to do what is needed specially in locating and destroying breeding places of mosquitoes
For the past seven months, PHO has recorded only 12 dengue cases as against the recorded 101 cases last 2010 which also reported one death.
“It is very significant that the awareness of the public in the campaign against dengue has been very high.In fact, our medical team and barangay health workers have started the awareness campaign, monitoring and surveillance since the start of the rainy season since dengue is a water borne based illness caused by a mosquito identified as “aedis egypti”.
“The dramatic drop in dengue cases is very commendable and hopefully no more cases be added to the current record ” she said.
“There is no let up still in our campaign against dengue since we are still on the rainy months. What we would really hope to achieve is that the public should have a change in behaviour which is self protection and cleanliness, these are what we hope the public should really do: Fajardo stressed.
“Proper coordination with the Philippine Red Cross has also been done so that the public can also be assured of blood supply in case patients need blood transfusion”, she said.
“We have also intensified our coordination with the Department of Education, the barangay officials and almost all stakeholders in the communities so that all efforts to combat dengue be well implemented”, she said.
“With the collaborative effort of all agencies and all stakeholders, hopefully we can really minimize the incidence of dengue cases here in the province”, Fajardo expressed. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)