PALO, Leyte- With the increasing number of dengue cases in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Health in Region 8 (DOH-8) has reminded again the public to follow the 4S strategy.
Regional Director Minerva Molon of DOH-Region 8 revealed that as of July 11, there are already 4,809 dengue cases in the region with 19 deaths.
4S stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites; employ Self-protection measures such as wearing of long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; Seek early consultation; and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.
DOH-8 is providing Dengue Rapid Test Kit to local health units for free to detect cases at an early stage and provide appropriate management and treatment.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in a press statement has appealed to the general public to take the 4S strategy by heart stressing the importance of prevention.
“The rains have come and it only takes about two weeks for mosquitoes to breed and fully mature into dengue-causing mosquitoes,” Duque said.
(LDL/DOH-8/PIA-8, Leyte)