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July 20, 2019

DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo calls for an intensified and collaborative effort in the fight against Dengue in the region during a public dialogue with local government officials, public health officers and private hospitals held in Sta Cruz, Laguna on July 18, 2019.

The Department of Health (DOH) - CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) yesterday issued a Dengue Alert Response and Emergency Management of Cases to all Pprovincial Health Offices (PHOs), City Health Offices (CHOs), Municipal Health Officers (MHOs), Dengue Prevention and Control Program Coordinators, Provincial Department Of Health Office (PDOHO) and other concerned Units in the region.

“This is in support of the declaration of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque on the National Dengue Alert due to the continuous increase of dengue cases in various regions including CALABARZON,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

“In line with this, we will be assisting Local Government Units (LGUs) through the the Provincial Department of Health Offices (PDOHO) in every provinces in the conduct of anti-dengue activities such as the implementation of the enhanced 4S- strategy including search and destroy mosquito breeding sites, secure self-protection, seek early consultation and support misting/spraying to prevent an impending outbreak,” he emphasized.

In, addition, the regional office will also intensify the health education and awareness campaign against Dengue by conducting community assembly, meeting and distribution of IEC materials.

Janairo added that Dengue Task Force in the LGUs will also be reactivated including the Dengue Fast Lane in all government and private hospitals.

“We will be prioritizing areas for community- based intervention to control dengue vector such as areas where there are clustering of dengue cases, occurrence of an outbreak in the past year, recent dengue-related deaths, vector indicators and presence of cases in schools and hospitals.” he disclosed.

“We will also send Disease Surveillance Officers to investigate and validate reported dengue cases, especially the Dengvaxia vaccinees who have signs and symptoms of Dengue.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) reported a total of 13,032 dengue cases from January 1 to July 13, 2019. There is a 26% increase in the number of cases increased up to 26% higher compared to the same period last year with 10,350 cases. There is a total of 50 dengue-related deaths.“There is still no vaccine for Dengue. The best way to prevent dengue virus infection is to take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and consult a doctor immediately if suffering from a high a fever,” Janairo advised.


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