I grew up in a household where my mom cleans our house on a daily basis.
Dengue is prevalent in Southeast Asia and in the Philippines, the disease outbreak is spreading to more areas and impacting more lives.
In 2015 there were 200,415 reported Dengue Fever cases, a 60% increase over 2014 which had 121,000 cases. With the disease growing rapidly across the country, empowerment is the most effective tool to combat dengue.
For this reason, the Allied Against Dengue Movement was founded to lead a change and create bigger impact through collaborative partnerships, healthcare providers, industry and community empowerment and a holistic public education approach that combines prevention with management.
“With the disease growing rapidly across the country, empowerment is the most effective tool to combat dengue.”
Heather Pelier, General Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare said, “Dengue is rife in the Philippines and unless we join forces, the disease will become the fastest spreading health threat in the Philippines.
GSK was motivated to initiate Allied Against Dengue as we were concerned about the escalating hazard and effects of dengue on the nation including our employees and their families who have experienced the dreaded disease. Uniting forces and actions enable greater empowerment across stakeholders, education delivery to communities nationwide and allow us to help people to do more, feel better and live longer. Allied Against Dengue is the catalyst to this with the ultimate goal to reduce the impact of dengue burden Filipinos.”
The movement aims to lead change and create a bigger impact on society through collaborative partnerships with the DOH, private institutions, healthcare providers, media influencers, and community leaders.
GSK together with the other coalition partners activates the ambitious roadmap that the Movement has set out to achieve its goal of reducing the burden of dengue on society through empowerment and education.
Ms. Rowena of Animetric’s World, a mommy/lifestyle blogger with Ms. Jolina Magdangal-Escueta shares their advice on dengue prevention
- Dengue fever is a virus infection caused by the dengue virus.
- There are 4 kinds of Dengue virus.
- Once the Aedes mosquito bites a person who carries the Dengue virus, the mosquito becomes a carrier of a virus for its entire lifetime. It will continue to bite and lay eggs every three days.
Symptoms of Dengue
- High continuous fever that lasts for 2-7 days
- Skin flushing
- Hemorrhagic manifestation or bleeding of nose and/or gums
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea / vomiting
- No medicine or antibiotic can treat dengue
- Bed rest and lots of fluid
- For fever, give paracetamol (Safest, recommended by WHO)
- Avoid aspirin or NSAIDS (Ibuprofen)
4S Against Dengue
- Search and Destroy breeding grounds of mosquitoes
- Seek immediate consultation
- Say “NO” to indiscriminate fogging; Say “YES” only during an outbreak or epidemic
- Self-protection measures such as using insect repellant or wearing pants and long sleeved shirts