September 5, 2014

The Most Dangerous Animal Bite (and How to Prevent It)

I thought that the most dangerous animals (or animal bites) are the ones that would eat your flesh like a beast. I was wrong. It was a bite that is often unnoticed. A fatal bite caused by the deadliest insect in the world - the Aedes Aegupti mosquito - a Dengue carrier.

The sad truth is, Dengue affects children and adults. Kids between the age of one to nine are the most vulnerable with some regions in the world reached the epidemic proportions.


GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies, and maker of doctor-recommended Calpol, joins forces with the Department of Health and the Philippine Pediatric Society in spearheading a campaign called Aksyon Laban sa Dengue: A Dengue Fever Awareness and Education Program. The effort is to create awareness among Filipinos and barangays.

The World Health Organization has recommended Paracetamol as the preferred and only recommended analgesic treatment for Dengue Fever. Although there is no proven cure for Dengue (yet), it is good to have a Paracetamol that can help manage the kid's fever without discomfort.

Dr. Sally Gatchalian, secretary of Philippine Pediatric Society shared that Dengue is a clever and cunning disease which disguises itself as other diseases. It is important to know the symptoms to better act accordingly, or better yet, prevent the dengue or spread of the disease. She also shared how she felt as a mom (more than a doctor) when her daughter was hit by Dengue.


I want to share with you the things I have learned during the event.

The 4S in Dengue:

1. Search and Destroy
  • Change water in vases once a week.
  • Clean roof drain pipes.
  • Clean the inside and outside of pails and water container.
  • Ensure that no water is in the dish holders.
  • Cover all water reservoirs.
  • Overturn all receptacles used for storing water.
2. SAY NO TO INDISCRIMINATE FOGGING - Say "yes" only during outbreak.

3. Seek Immediate Consultation
Consult a doctor if fever has not improved after 2 days. For fever relief, take paracetamol. Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin because this may cause severe bleeding.

4. Self-Protection Measures
  • Use insect repellant
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts or pajamas.
It is true that prevention is better than cure, in this regard, the Department of Health will engage the barangays and will be facilitating the training of health practitioners to discuss new dengue incidence and disease trends as well as updates on its prevention and treatment guidelines. The PPS health committee will then cascade these dengue modules based on DOH guidelines with the selected barangays. On its part, GSK will be bringing doctors to these areas to lead the Dengue information campaign to help Filipinos protect their families and loved ones from this deadly menace.

Look at this cute and happy kid joining the program.
Kids are entitled to enjoy their youth and play. They should not be spending
time in the hospital. They have bright future. Let's give it to them.

At the end of the program, we dropped our commitment cards in supporting the campaign. This is what I love about attending events. I learnt so many things that I could share with my readers.

If you care about your kids, or siblings, nieces and nephews, and your loved ones,
please share the word about Dengue and spread awareness.
The CALPOL® line of products contains Paracetamol that are specially formulated to give effective fever and pain relief among children. It comes in 3 formulations: 100mg/mL infant drops 10mL, 120mg/5mL suspension 60/120mL and 250mg/mL suspension 60mL. It is also available in two (2) great-tasting flavours, orange and strawberry, that children will surely love. For further information, please visit .

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