Health Office reiterates strict implementation of 4 o’clock habit (as dengue cases rise)

BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio City Health Services Office (HSO) reiterated its call for residents to strictly practice the ‘4 o’clock habit’ to be able to control the spread of dengue.

Dr. Donnabel Tubera, HSO chief epidemiologist, on Friday, aid that between January and June, they have already recorded 947 Ddengue cases compared to the 181 cases recorded in the same period last year.

The ‘4 o’clock habit’ involves the stop, look and listen approach against dengue.
Tubera said ‘stop’ means to drop everything and ‘look’ for breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes and destroy these breeding sites.

‘Listen’ will involve listening to announcements or instructions from the authorities on how to improve on a synchronized implementation of the ‘4 o’clock habit.’
Of the 947 dengue cases, Barangay City Camp has the highest at 104 cases compared to 24 cases in the same period last year.

Barangay Engineer’s Hill has 71 cases compared to four cases last year, Tubera said.

Other barangays with dengue cases include Asin, 45 cases; Atab, 81; Atok Trail, 29; Aurora Hill,71; Campo Filipino with 28; Irisan and Quezon Hill with 51 cases each; Loakan with 96; Lucban with 86; Mines View with 25; Pacdal with 18; Pinsao with 70; Quirino Hill with 68 and Scout Barrio with 53 dengue cases.

The HSO and other private, public and non-government agencies are drafting an anti-dengue proposal which will include prevention and control measures to mitigate dengue cases in Baguio City.

Tubera added the dengue fever and the more severe form, dengue hemorrhagic fever, is caused by an infected day-biting female Aedes mosquito which transmits the viral disease to humans./PNA/PGL/JOJO LAMARIA


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