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Mayor Honey raises awareness vs. dengue

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna appeals to residents and barangays to keep their surroundings clean at all times in order to avoid dengue. (JERRY S. TAN)

Mayor Honey Lacuna raised awareness against dengue among the residents of Manila as the onset of the rainy season is already at hand.

In line with this, she called on all Manilans to keep their surroundings extra clean to avoid getting the said illness and to stay hydrated.

She thus called on the cooperation of barangays in drumming up support for a city-wide consistent cleanup effort, also pursuant to the Executive Order she issued designating a weekly cleanup day all over the city, beginning with City Hall and barangays.

Even with June as the ‘Dengue Awareness Month,’ Lacuna said that while there are probable and suspected cases of dengue in the city, there have been no confirmed cases for the past two weeks.

The mayor also advised Manilans to follow the ‘5S Kontra Dengue’ issued by the Department of Health.

These are: search and destroy, seek consultation self-protection, support fogging and sustain hydration.

Discussing what each means, Lacuna called on the residents to search their respective areas’ nooks and crannies for possible breeding grounds of the low-flying, daytime mosquitoes that cause dengue.

Once symptoms are felt, specially fever that never goes away, she said one should seek consultation at once.

Self-protection meanwhile, may be done by wearing long-sleeved, dark garments, saying such mosquitoes are not attracted to dark clothes.

In supporting fogging, Lacuna called on the residents to inform their respective barangays regarding pinpointed breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

Lastly, the lady mayor urged Manilans to keep themselves hydrated, saying well-hydrated body helps in fighting dengue.

If possible, she advised two liters of water a day for proper hydration.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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