Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III gaveg a short talk on how to prevent dengue and leptospirosis, two of the most common diseases during the rainy season, at the Kaingin Bukid Barangay Apolonio Samson in Balintawak, Quezon City. Duque was assisted by its Brgy. Captain Elizabeth “CheChe” De Jesus, DOH National Capital Region Director Dr. Corazon Flores, Assistant Director Dr. Paz Corrales, and Quezon City Health Office.

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To prevent leptospirosis, Duque stressed the need to control rodent population, regular garbage collection and to avoid wading in floodwaters. If wading in floodwaters cannot be avoided, the health chief recommended wearing protective rubber boots. Duque also assured residents that all DOH hospitals are ready to treat leptospirosis cases. He also urged local government executives to report increasing cases to the DOH or health centers for proper and immediate intervention.

On dengue, Duque counselled the community to follow the DOH’s 4S strategy consisting of Search and destroy for mosquito breeding sites, Seek early consultation, Self-protection measures and Say yes to selective fogging during an impending outbreak.

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In addition, on Monday, Secretary Duque  and Education Secretary Leonor Briones recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Galileo Software Services, Inc. and Indra Phils. on data sharing to launch the Dengvaxia Monitoring Mobile App. Said mobile app will allow parents to conveniently send regular reports of symptoms and general health condition of their children to the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH), act as channel for parents to receive advisories and surveys directly from DepEd and DOH, and as a tool for sending an alert in case of emergency like calling an ambulance.

Duque stressed that the DOH will be monitoring adverse effects following immunization of Dengvaxia for five to six years. He added that its service delivery network should be strengthened to enable delivery of better health services.

The new mobile app, which will be fully operational by end of August, was provided for free by Galileo Software Services, Inc. and Indra Phils. The app is expected to help reduce fears and anxieties of parents whose children were vaccinated by Dengvaxia.

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