Public warned vs ‘W.I.L.D.’
June 15,2013 12:24 AM
By: Karen Bernadette Vergara
THE Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against WILD which stands for Water-borne diseases, Influenza, Leptospirosis and Dengue.
In the DOH’s Bi-Monthly Press Briefing last June 10, 2013 at Sarabia Manor Hotel, Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te shared some tips on how the public can protect themselves from these diseases.
She said the campaign “Mag-ingat sa WILD lalo na sa ulan” aims to remind the public on the health risks brought by the rainy season.
Influenza or flu is a disease transmitted via droplet through sneezing, talking or coughing. Thus, be responsible by covering your mouth or nose when you sneeze and wash your hands to prevent transmission, advised Te.
When you contracted the disease, make sure to get ample of rest to prevent the disease from spreading, she added.
Te also warned against floodwaters, where we can contract leptospirosis. It is a disease commonly contracted in floodwaters infected by the wastes and urine of rats. Thus, wear rubber boots or avoid wading in the floodwaters by staying inside your house, she said.
The DOH also warned against the dreaded Dengue disease brought by dengue-carrying mosquitoes. Te said the health agency already stepped up its campaign for cleaner surroundings by destroying possible and breeding places of mosquitoes.
Te also advised the public to remember the basics during rainy season: always bring your umbrellas with you, and if you have raincoats, bring that, too, all the time.