Now that the rainy season has started, there are several diseases that may arise that you need to be well-knowledgeable. One of it is the Dengue fever, this is one of the most common diseases during wet season. It is transmitted to people by bite of the deadliest insect in the world, Aedis Aegypti or also known as dengue mosquito.
Dengue is the fastest-growing vector borne infection in the world and Southeast Asia is the epicenter of dengue mosquito breeding due to its tropical climate. In fact, last year there were 200,415 reported Dengue Fever cases, that’s a 60 percent increase compared to 2014 which had 121,000.
It is a serious disease that can be fatal so it’s important for everyone to be aware of on how to prevent from getting infected, knowing the symptoms and its management to ensure the best care when someone suffers from it.
When it comes to my family, I always take extra precautions to make sure that they are well-protected against pesky mosquito bites. I would not want to happen again what transpired way back year 2012 when my husband suffered from dengue fever. You may read what happened HERE. As much as possible, I do my best to protect ourselves most especially, Keisha from mosquito bites.
These are some of the things that I learned over the years to prevent dengue:
- Destroy the breeding sites of mosquitoes or mosquito habitat
- Always wear mosquito repellants
- Putting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house
- Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pajamas
- Make sure to boost the immune system of your family
Warning signs of severe Dengue:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Bleeding nose and gums
- Persistent vomiting with or without blood
- Difficulty breathing
- Pallor/cold/clammy hands or feet
Note: If your child has any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention to avoid complications and to decrease the risk of death. Severe dengue is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention, as the first 24-48 hours after severe symptoms emerge are critical to avoid complications.
How to manage children with less severe dengue:
- Give them enough bed rest
- Use a lukewarm sponge
- Give them plenty of fluids
- Give PARACETAMOL
Do not give your kid medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen as these may aggravate gastritis or bleeding in dengue fever. According to the World Health Organization, paracetamol is the only medicine recommended for the treatment of fever related to dengue. One of the best brands of paracetamol in the market is Paracetamol Calpol.
Here are the reasons why:
- Highly recommended by healthcare experts
- When used as directed. Paracetamol has the lowest rate of side effects among children’s over-the-counter pain and fever medicines.
- No other over-the-counter medicine has been trusted longer or proven more effective than Paracetamol for children’s pain and fever.
It is available in a variety of formulations that fit for various age. Paracetamol Calpol®’s range includes infant drops and suspensions, in orange (0-2yrs, 6-12yrs) and strawberry (2-6yrs) flavors.
Allied Against Dengue Movement
In the recently concluded Allied Against Dengue initiative launch, I get to learn more facts about dengue. With the disease growing rapidly across the country, empowerment is the most effective tool to combat it.
During the event, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc. (GSK) together with other coalition partners from public and private organizations formally announced that it has joined their forces to reduce dengue burden on society.
Ms. Rowena Wendy-Lei, mom of two and the blogger behind animetric.net, shared the story of her friend who suffered from dengue fever. She also gave insights on how she keeps her family safe from this disease.
The members of this movement :
▪ The Department Of Health (DOH)
▪ Philippine Pharmacists Association, Inc. (PPHA)
▪ GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines, Inc.
▪ Mercury Drug Corporation (MDC)
▪ CNN Philippines.
The Allied Against Dengue Movement was created as non-profit open platform with the aim to established to empower healthcare health care providers, organizations, and communities; and reduce the impact of dengue on the nation in a holistic manner from prevention and control to management.
Every alliance partner will leverage their core competences and dedicate energy, funds and resources in the movement to help bring down the incidence rate of and deaths caused by dengue fever.
More than 1,200 pediatricians and pharmacists will be involved in the public education and awareness of Dengue fever across the Philippines.
With the deployment of a robust nationwide education through multiple channels, Allied against Dengue seeks to curb the incidence growth rate and ultimately, make a real difference of the lives of Filipinos.
The coalition strategy will include:
- Distribution of 50,000 DOH primer to at least 5 public schools in Dengue hotspots in Metro Manila
- Distribution of 15,000 leaflets to 1,000 pediatricians and general practitioners
- Education of proper Dengue fever prevention and management to 20 health centers for Baranggay outreach programs
- Implementation of Continuous Pharmacy Education (CPE) program in identified chapters, targeting 200 pharmacists.
- Education and recruitment of at least 1000 Allies Against Dengue through employee engagement, online and on ground activations.
In addition to that, Allied Against Dengue is set to roll out a series of initiatives including train-the-trainer programs, organized information centers through the coalition partners’ networks, community education activation, and employee volunteers, who will be part of and drive the community outreach at Dengue hot spots. Not only in the Philippines, The Allied Against Dengue movement is also active in Indonesia and Malaysia.
I am a proud ally against dengue!
In every sense of the word, I am truly proud to be part of this movement. I want to help educate and empower other people about dengue facts, the do’s and dont’s and what they can possibly do to combat this disease. I hope you can also join me to fight against this deadly fever causing disease and be a proud ally against dengue too so that we can do more, protect our love ones and live better.
For more information about Allied Against Dengue Movement, you may contact the following:
Tel. No.: 1800-14441-0884 / 1800-8908-8275
Email: [email protected]