By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The General Santos City government is warning the public about the rise in dengue fever. Since the beginning of the year, 503 cases, including six deaths have been recorded.
Acting head of the City Health Office, Dr. Rochelle Oco said the numbers are 69 percent higher than the 298 cases and one fatality reported in the same period in 2020.
“Our current cases are significantly higher than last year so while we continue to combat Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), we should be also vigilant against the spread of dengue in our communities,” Dr Oco said.
The government is advising the public to observe of the 4S strategy and the “4’oclock habit” down to the household level.
Every household should regularly clean up all possible mosquito-breeding places, especially every 4 p.m. daily, inside their homes and immediate surroundings to help contain the spread of dengue, she said.
“4S” stands for search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; secure self-protection measures, such as wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; seek early consultation; and support fogging or spraying only in hotspots where an increase in cases has been registered for two consecutive weeks.
Nationally, 13,699 dengue cases have been reported through March 6, including 50 deaths.