Dengue Awareness campaign of PRC begins

Prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from infecting your loved ones by practicing tried and tested prevention measures—search and destroy, self-protect, seek early consultation and say yes to fogging—also known as the “4S” method.

To raise awareness of the 4S method, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is conducting a series of campaigns on dengue prevention through its 104 chapters nationwide for the whole month of June, the Dengue Awareness Month.

According to the Department of Health’s latest report, 26,042 dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to March 31, a 17-percent decline from the 31,358 cases during the same period last year. The decline may be due to public awareness and vigilance through the 4S campaign.

Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease that can lead to severe illness and life-threatening conditions, can be prevented by disposing of unusable tin cans, jars and bottles that can collect and hold water, as well as covering water drums and pails, replacing water


in flower vases, and clearing roof gutters.

Filipinos, especially children, are also advised to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when going out, use mosquito repellent every day, and allow authorities to conduct fogging in case of impending outbreaks.

Suspected dengue patients are urged to seek treatment if symptoms—including high fever, joint and muscle pain, weakness, skin rashes, nose bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting, dark-colored stools and breathing problems—last for more than two days.

PRC’s activities include community-based information drives through health assemblies, home visitations and distribution of information, education and communication materials on dengue—from preventive measures to symptoms.

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Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco is a grant recipient and fellow of 2017 media fellowship program by Probe Media Foundation Inc. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Mass Communication from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). After graduating in 2000 she immediately worked as a newspaper correspondent for Today Newspaper until 2005. Within those five years in Today Newspaper, she was assigned to cover the Eastern Police and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Rizal Province, and the Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Tourism (DOT). In October of 2005, she became a correspondent for the Philippine Business Daily Mirror Publishing, Inc. She covers Health, Education, MMDA, the local government units in the eastern and southern portions of the metropolis, and Rizal Province.