DOH, PPS and GSK launched "Aksyon Laban Sa Dengue"

Are there cases of dengue fever in your community? Mommies, it's still rainy season in the country and we usually see an increase of dengue cases. I can still remember the scenario in the emergency room every time a patient comes in with complaints of fever. We were hoping it's just an ordinary fever because we are not familiar with other signs and symptoms of Dengue.

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a campaign against Dengue Fever. The event was graced by Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Secretary Philippine Pediatric Society; Jeffrey Yulo, GM GSK Consumer and celebrity mommy Suzi Entrata.

DOH, PPS and GSK launched "Aksyon Laban Sa Dengue"

Dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease in the world and is more rampant in countries with tropical climates like the Philippines. It is caused by deadliest mosquito called Aedes aegypti mosquito. Dengue affects more children than adults, with kids one to nine years old as the most vulnerable victims because of their predilection to mosquito bites. In some regions, dengue has reached epidemic proportions.

Fever has been the number sign and symptom of dengue. Other signs and symptoms of dengue include headaches, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, muscle and joint aches, rashes, and bleeding manifestations. If any of these symptoms are present, the patient must seek their doctor’s advice immediately.

Treatment of dengue is asymptomatic, meaning you treat the symptom such as fever. We're glad GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol in treating fever.

Calpol®, a product of GSK, contains Paracetamol specially designed to offer effective relief from the discomforts of pain and fever among children. Calpol® also has the broad suitability associated with standard paracetamol so you can be assured that it won’t harm your child when used as directed

Together with the Department of Health and the Philippine Pediatric Society the two joins forces in spearheading a campaign called “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue: A Dengue Fever Awareness and Education Program” as well as a Barangay Caravan that will bring dengue fever awareness efforts to the grassroots level.

The World Health Organization has recommended Paracetamol as the preferred and only recommended analgesic treatment for Dengue Fever. Aspirin or ibuprofen is not advised as these drugs may aggravate bleeding.

Dengue continues to spread due to globalization, urbanization, climate change, increasing population, pollution problems, inadequate mosquito control and lack of community support to fight this disease.
But the truth is, dengue can be prevented and stopped by maintaining a clean environment.

Remove stagnant water that becomes potential breeding place for mosquitoes. We should also watch out for possible signs and symptoms of dengue. Immediately consult a doctor when it happens. Join us in "Aksyon Laban Sa Dengue" campaign!