PHILIPPINES – A local official from Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday warned parents against the four common diseases that are becoming prevalent during rainy seasons.
In a report posted on InterAksyon, City Council Committee on Health and Sanitation Chairperson Dante Pajo raised awareness to parents regarding W.I.L.D. diseases – which stand for waterborne diseases, influenza, leptospirosis, and dengue – in order for them to prevent their children, especially those who are grade school pupils, from catching these illnesses.
“The Department of Health (DOH) has already warned everyone against W.I.L.D. diseases. Let’s do our share, be alert, and help save lives,” Pajo said.
Pajo advised that everyone should keep the surroundings clean. He said all water receptacles should be emptied as it is a source of mosquitos spreading dengue viruses. Dengue fever is fatal and it commonly affects children.
The DOH has listed six ways to prevent Dengue virus which reads:
1. Cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
2. Replace water in flower vases once a week.
3. Clean all water containers once a week. Scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes sticking to the sides.
4. Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes.
5. Puncture or cut old tires used as roof support to avoid accumulation of water.
6. Collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles, and other items that can collect and hold water.
Pajo noted that they should also be aware of getting into flood water triggered by the rainy season. It is cited that flood water is a major source of leptospirosis, which is an infectious bacterial disease transmitted to humans caused by rodents, dogs, and other mammals.
Influenza or flu, on the other hand, is also a common illness during rainy season. This highly contagious viral infection a*****s the respiratory system of the host and it is usually transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes or through contact with his things which are being contaminated.
DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy noted that proper hygiene and sanitation are the best measure to prevent one’s self from these illnesses.