SAN JOSE, Antique – In a bid to encourage greater community participation, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recently relaunched its “Four S” (4-S) anti-dengue campaign.
“We translated the 4-S to our local dialect so that the local folks will fully understand the significance of the drive against mosquitoes,” PHO information officer Irene Duldoco said.
She added the initiative aims to encourage residents to search and destroy mosquito breeding sites in their area and be updated of the current dengue situation in their community.
According to Duldoco, PHO already recorded three dengue-related deaths in the municipality of Culasi.
“The cause of death was attributed to late admission of the patients to the hospital,” she said.
Duldoco also noted the three dengue fatalities were all from Barangay Esperanza.
The 4-S campaign stands for Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; secure Self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; Seek early consultation; and Support spraying only in hotspot areas.
Duldoco reiterated that the people in the community should not hold their guards down against dengue fever.
The municipalities with most number of dengue cases in Antique include Culasi, 58; San Jose, 38; Sibalom, 36; Tibiao, 30; T. Fornier, 22; Barbaza, 19; and Caluya, 10.
“We urged affected persons to immediately seek medical attention from the nearest health facility,” she stressed.
Duldoco also said free dengue fever tests are available in the rural health centers and hospitals. (With a report from PIA Antique/PN)