CSF Joins ‘Sabayang 4 O’clock Habit Para Deng-Get Out’ [ Thursday, 8th of August 2019 | 2 weeks ago ]
“Prevention is better than cure.”
Thus was the highlight of the City of San Fernando‘s participation in the nationwide “Sabayang 4 o’clock Habit para Deng-Get Out” on August 7, 2019 at Barangay San Jose.
The activity was under the program of Department of Health (DOH) which was made possible in the local government through the support of the City Health Office.
As stated by the DOH, “Sabayang 4 o’clock Habit para Deng-Get Out” is an activity which focuses on “search and destroy of mosquito breeding sites.”
Juliana Reyes, assistant regional director of DOH 3; Dr. Amelito Nicolas, designated medical officer of Pampanga; barangay officials; and, some public and private institutions attended the event.
In her opening remarks, Rural Health Physician and City Dengue Program Coordinator, Dr. Renely Tungol stressed the importance of public participation in battling dengue.
“Dapat alam natin kung saan namumugad ang mga lamok at ang part natin ay hanapin iyan para maalis natin. Ang 4 o’clock habit ay mabisang panlaban dahil pag alas kwatro ng hapon, nandyan na po ang lamok. Kapag maayos ang community participation mawawala ang dengue. Kaya sama-sama po tayong magtulungan upang mapanatili ang kalinisan sa ating lugar,” said Tungol.
Meanwhile, DOH-3 Assistant Regional Director Reyes, lauded the local government of San Fernando for wholeheartedly supporting the advocacies of DOH.
She urged everyone to continuously practice the DOH’s advisory to suppress dengue in the community.
“Natutuwa po ako dahil napakarami po ng nakilahok ngayong araw na ito. Isa lamang po itong pagpapatunay na gusto po natin na wala nang magkasakit sa ating lipunan. Ang panawagan po ng ating Secretary of Health (Francisco T. Duque) ay huwag po nating pabayaan na ang ating sabay sabay na 4 o’clock habit ay hindi magampanan. Sana po hindi lang ngayon, kundi maging araw araw,” said Reyes.
Also part of the program was the discussion of the 4 o’clock habit and 4S strategy which stands for “Search and destroy”, “Self-protection measures,” “Seek early consultation” and “Support fogging/spraying”.
Fogging and spraying, according to Regional Entomologist Jeffrey De Guzman, should only be conducted in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.
At exactly 4 o’clock in the afternoon, residents of the said barangay joined the nation in conducting “Sabayang 4 o’clock Habit para Deng-Get Out.”
Tthe City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago is steadfast in its agenda “Malusog na Fernandino, Masiglang Pamumuhay ay Sigurado” as it supports and implements numerous health and wellness programs to ensure the welfare of the Fernandinos.
As what Santiago always says: “Ang kalusugan ay isang kayamanan, kung kaya’t ang lahat ng Fernandino ay dapat maging malusog dahil ito ang daan sa pagkakaroon ng maayos at maunlad na komunidad,”
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