Allied Against Dengue

The rising cases of dengue is very alarming these days. A province down South was even declared as being in a state of calamity as one after another of its residents were taken to the hospital to seek help against that virus. Some have even succumbed to death. We can’t just let dengue wear us down. We all need to be Allied Against Dengue!

My first encounter with dengue was when my husband unknowingly acquired the virus. I was on my first trimester when he was confined to the hospital because of the rashes that appeared in his body after several days of having on-and-off fever. His platelet count was monitored throughout his stay and he was on IV. It was a great blessing that we survived that ordeal. Since then, we have become more cautious in warding off mosquitoes (we don’t know which one would be an Aedes Aegypti) in our home. We would slather our skin with insect repellant lotion and use electric mosquito repeller in our home. We can only do so much to stop dengue on our own. We all need to be united – informed but not paranoid – in order to fight this deadly virus.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, a leading global pharmaceutical company, has collaborated with the Department of Health (DOH), Mercury Drug Corporation (MDC), SmartParenting.com, and CNN Philippines in an initiative that will create a great impact in mitigating the dangers of the dengue virus. Recently, GSK representatives, health experts and advocates have come together to inform the press of the present dengue-related statistics, the government’s on-going campaign, case studies and their personal experiences with dengue. I was more than happy to be in that event because I was able to learn more about the spread of the virus and how to properly manage it. Myths about the dengue virus were also debunked. It was a very informative afternoon where the experts answered our queries and gave advice on how best to protect our families and communities against dengue. According to Dr Lyndon Lee Suy (DOH), “Dengue control is a shared responsibility.”

Heather Pelier, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Heather Pelier, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, presented the current status of dengue in the Philippines
Dr Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH
Dr Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH, revealed that the dengue vaccine has been rolled out in Region 4A and in NCR. This vaccine is believed to keep the recipient immuned from all the four types of the dengue virus.

 

Dr Sally Gatchalian, GSK
Dr Sally R. Gatchalian, GSK, explained why the dengue situation in PH has worsened.

 

After their individual presentations, the proponents of the Allied Against Dengue campaign, together with Calpol (GSK’s Paracetamol for children) brand ambassador, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, answered questions from the audience.

Allied Against Dengue Q & A

As gleaned from the discussion, here are more facts about dengue.

WARNING SIGNS of Dengue:

  • Pain in the eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Positive result in Tourniquet Test
  • Sleeping most of the time

SYMPTOMS of Dengue:

  • High and continuous fever that lasts from 2 to seven days
  • Bleeding of gums
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flushing of skin
  • Rashes in arms

* Patient must be observed two days after the fever disappears.

What We Can Do at Home

Reminder

PREVENTING Dengue:

  • Search and destroy breeding grounds of mosquitoes.
Rowena Wendy Lim Lei and Jolina Magdangal-Escueta
Rowena Wendy Lim Lei (left), a seasoned family and lifestyle blogger, talked to Jolina Magdangal-Escueta (right) about her experience with dengue as well as tips on how to prevent it.

 

Allied Against Dengue Pledge
Proponent of the campaign led the pledge for being an Ally Against Dengue

 

Be an ally against dengue! Protect yourself, your family and your community. To know more about dengue prevention, control and management, please read the ToDOH laban sa Dengue: A Primer on Dengue.




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