Dr. Donnabel Tubera of the Infectious Disease cluster reported during the ‘City Hall Hour’ that there were 143 dengue cases in Baguio from January to May this year compared to the 98 cases recorded during the same period last year.
The City HSO reminds the public anew of the 4S against Dengue – Search and destroy possible mosquito breeding sites; self – protection; seek early consultation (if having fever for 2 days and manifestation of other symptoms); and Say no to indiscriminate fogging/spraying.
Another rainy day illness that the public need to be wary of is Influenza or “trangkaso”, Tubera said.
Since influenza can be easily transmitted, she reminded the need for proper health etiquette like covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and proper hand washing.
Tubera advises people who have Influenza to have enough rest and avoid going out especially to crowded places.
“You can take a leave from work and get a medical certificate in our office”, she advised.
The forum spearheaded by City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo tackled leptospirosis and water and food borne diseases which are also common during the rainy days, as well as other health concerns.
Dr. Maria Alice Torres talked about Maternal and Neonatal Child Health and Nutrition, Dr. Vanessa Fagcangan on Non – Communicable Diseases and Engr. Charles Aryan on Environment Sanitation.
Assistant City Civil Registrar BernardinaTabin also joined the forum to give updates on civil registration in Baguio City. (CCD with Cely Sansano-PIA CAR/ ISU Intern)