2nd ASEAN Dengue Awareness Day Celebration
by: Mayka Lintongan, RN
Kidapawan City hosted the 2nd ASEAN Dengue Awareness Day last June 15, 2012. It was a fun filled event which was started with a motorcade, followed by a program regarding Dengue then ended with a press conference. It was well attended with people coming from the City Government, Barangay Health Workers, Media Practitioners, City Health
Office, Provincial Health Office, DOH-CHD XII and many others. There were also visitors coming from schools who joined and participated in the slogan and poster making contest. This year’s theme is “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue, Pagtibayin”.
Dengue is transmitted by a bite of an infected aedes mosquito, usually it thrives in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Philippines is a tropical country. Dengue fever is lethal especially among children. Once bitten by an infected mosquito, a person will manifest symptoms such as fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There is no specific treatment for Dengue fever. Hydration is very necessary. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is the most lethal complication of Dengue Fever. A person manifests not only the symptoms mentioned earlier but also will experience severe abdominal pain, vomiting and bleeding.
For many years, Dengue had taken the lives of many people especially the younger ones in the Philippines. Dengue usually occurs during rainy season, mostly from the month of June-September, because mosquitoes usually breed in water. However, data showed that cases are high not only during rainy season which prompted DOH to declare a year-round campaign against Dengue. Children are mostly affected by this dreaded disease because they have weaker immune system. They are also less likely to recover during the late complications.
It is imperative that we, from the health sector, should disseminate information regarding Dengue. If action is to be taken, this disease is preventable. Behavioral changes are important to save lives of the whole population especially the children.
The 2nd ASEAN Dengue Awareness Celebration is essential since it provides information for the better understanding of the disease and promotes the implementation of measures to prevent the problem. The program was held in Kidapawan City, and it started with a motorcade. The Dengue Mascot was present and gave fun to the people watching. The motorcade ended at JC Complex where the program was held. Ms. Mary Kriz Fantonial, HEPO of City Health Office acknowledged the participants. In behalf of the Mayor, the welcome address was given by his daughter Ms. Rosheil Gantuangco who is also a nurse and was excited to join the activity. “No single person can do this alone”, Ms. Gantuangco said, as she refers that everybody should do their responsibility and work hand in hand in the prevention and management of Dengue. Dr. Hansel Amoguis of the Provincial Health Office emphasize that there is no outbreak in Cotabato Province but epidemic preparedness is being observed. A brief lecture about Dengue was presented by Dr. Jebie Areen Biron, Regional Dengue Coordinator of DOH-CHD XII. Dr. Alah Baby Vingno, Regional Epidemiologist of DOH-CHD XII presented the Dengue Surveillance Update. They found out that recently, 2 died of Dengue in Barangay Magsaysay, Kidapawan City. In North Cotabato, there are 1,231 cases from Jan 1-June 9 of this year, of which 36% of these were children of school age. An increase of 5% noted compared to last year. There were 9 deaths reported. Dr. Francisco V. Mateo, Chief of the Local Health Support Division of DOH-CHD XII, gave a brief message, stating that Dengue can be managed by hospitals and hospital personnel within the city, going to another place or in an expensive hospital is not a resort. Hydration is very important in management of Dengue fever. Aspirins and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen should not be given. Most importantly blood banks must be given primacy. After the message, candle lighting followed which was initiated by Ms. Rosheil Gantuangco. A prayer was being lead by Pastor Jasper Lee Rosalita saying whatever religion you belong, we should work together in fighting this disease. After the candle lighting, releasing of balloons followed. Awarding of Certificates of Appreciation were given by Ms. Jenelyn Ellie P. Ventura. Dr. Jocelyn E. Encienzo gave the closing remarks.
A press conference was held after the program. Media practitioners from the region attended. Queries regarding Dengue was brought out and was answered intelligently by the panel. Councilor Flores of Kidapawan City, Dr. Jocelyn Encienzo, Dr Hansel Amoguis, Dr. Francisco V. Mateo, Dr. Alah Baby Vingno, Dr. Jebie Areen Biron and Mr. Royfrextopher Boholst were among the panelists. 4S was being reviewed by Dr. Jebie Biron. Search and Destroy, Self Protection Measures, Seek Early Consultation and Say No to Indiscriminate Fogging.
It is indeed necessary for us to be aware of the prevention and control measures of this fatal disease. No one should die of Dengue. It is very essential that everybody should work hand in hand to fight Dengue as what the theme says “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue, Pagtibayin!”. Barangay Ordinance regarding Dengue Preventive Measures should be accentuated. All in all, the said event was a success.
Today isWednesday, 22 May 2013
The Regional Director