DOH cautions public vs WILD diseases

Data revealed that from January 1 to May 7, 2022, the region recorded a decrease in the number of reported cases for influenza-like illness (1,739), leptospirosis (26), and dengue (3,360) compared last year.

However, DOH noted the significant increase in the occurrence of water and foodborne illnesses as about 320 cases were reported within the same period last year.

Regional Director Corazon Flores reminded that practicing healthy habits, maintaining good hygiene, and sustaining a clean environment are among the ways to prevent these public health concerns.

“The public is highly encouraged to be mindful and consistently practice preventive measures such as drinking clean water, avoiding crowded and unventilated areas, getting vaccinated against flu, and using protective equipment including umbrella, raincoat and boots when wading in flood water,” she said.

DOH also advised eliminating stagnant water to stop mosquitoes from breeding or laying eggs.

Flores encouraged communities to practice 4S strategy against dengue which include Search and Destroy; Self-Protection Measures; Seek Early Consultation; and Support Fogging or Spraying.

“Raising awareness, maintaining cleanliness, activating our barangay officials to implement the 4S strategy in every community and boosting our immune system by eating nutritious food, having enough rest and sleep, and exercising regularly may increase our defense against seasonal illnesses. Together, let us do our part and protect and save each other from these infectious diseases,” she said.

In 2021, Central Luzon had a total of 498 cases of water and foodborne illnesses, 7,536 cases of influenza-like illness, 145 leptospirosis cases, and 22,012 dengue cases, based on the data of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.