One of the most dreaded virus that I would never wish on anyone - it's Dengue Virus. Yes, I've seen some friends, their children & even my own sister suffer through it and how it has made them weak and helpless that I knew I have to actively take part in making sure that our home and community becomes Dengue-free.
So when I was fortunate enough to be invited by Ms. Rowena Wendy Lim Lei to join GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc. and other organizations at the recently held #AlliedAgainstDengue initiative launch - I was more than excited to attend.
But before I go on any further, let me walk you through some of the important things Us Moms and everyone else needs to know about Dengue.
The Dangers Of Dengue Virus
Dengue fever is a virus infection caused by the Dengue virus. There are 4 kinds of Dengue viruses and these viruses are transmitted by the Aedis mosquito.
If there's something that we need to realize, Dengue is becoming a rising health problem not just in the country but the whole world. Those that are most prone are usually tropical countries like the Philippines.
Signs and Symptoms of Dengue Virus:
- high continuous fever that lasts 2-7 days
- skin flushing
- nose/gum bleeding
- loss of appetite
These signs can be mistaken for a regular flu but you need to make sure that you have your child tested (free Dengue kits are provided in your local health centers) for Dengue virus before ruling out any disease.
Just like any careful Mom, I don't need to stress it enough - DENGUE kills. We need to always be on guard and on the lookout for signa and symptoms.
What To Do When Child Has Dengue
Keep in mind Mommies - no medicine or antibiotic can treat Dengue. Proper rest and lots of fluid intake can help make it comfortable for the patient.
Always provide paracetamol as aspirins and NSAIDS can trigger bleeding.
Bring your child to the doctor after 2 days of consistent fever.
Ways To Avoid Dengue Virus
Yes, we have in our hands mommie, the power to protect our children from Dengue virus. There are things we can practice or do at home that will ensure that mosquitoes will somehow steer clear!
An Alliance That Can Save Lives
As I've mentioned in the beginning, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc. has decided to join forces with notable agencies in the country to start the fight against the alarming effects of Dengue Virus in the country.
Ms. Heather Pelier, General Manager of
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc. said, "Dengue is rife in the Philippines and unless we join forces, the disease will become the fastest spreading health threat in the Philippines. GSK was motivated to initiate Allied Against Dengue as we were concerned of the escalating hazard and effects of dengue on the nation including our employees and their families who have experienced the dreaded disease. Uniting forces and actions enable greater empowerment across stakeholders, education delivery to communities nationwide and allow us to help people do more, feel better, and live longer. Allied Against Dengue is the catalyst to this with the ultimate goal to reduce the impact of dengue burden in Filipinos."
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc.
Allied Against Dengue is the movement that aims to lead change and create bigger impact to society through collaborative partnerships with the DOH, private institutions, healthcare providers, media influencers, and community leaders. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc. together with the other coalition partners activate the ambitious roadmap that the movement has set out to achieve its goal of reducing the burden of dengue on society through empowerment and education.
More than 1,200 pediatricians and pharmacists will be involved in the public education and awareness of Dengue fever management across Philippines. This is aligned to and complements the World Health Organization (WHO) global strategy for prevention and control and DOH's initiatives. Every alliance partner will leverage their core competencies and dedicate energy, funds and resources in the movement to help reduce the incidence rate of and deaths caused by Dengue fever.
With the deployment of a robust nationwide education campaign through multiple channels, Allied Against Dengue seeks to curb the incidence growth rate and ultimately, make a real difference to the lives of Filipinos. The coalition strategy will include:
• Distribution of 50,000 DOH primer to at least 5 public schools in Dengue hotspots in Metro Manila
• Distribution of 15,000 leaflets to 1,000 pediatricians and general practitioners
• Education of proper Dengue fever prevention and management to 20 health centers for Barangay outreach programs
• Implementation of Continuous Pharmacy Education (CPE) program in identified chapters, targeting 200 pharmacists.
• Education and recruitment of at least 1000 Allies Against Dengue through employee engagement, online and on ground activations.
To achieve these milestones, Allied Against Dengue is set to roll out a series of initiatives including train the trainer programs, organized information centers through the coalition partners networks, community education activations, and employee volunteers who will be part of and drive the community outreach at dengue hot spots.
For more info, visit GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc. website!
Calpol Moms and Their Fight Against Dengue
Yes, as mentioned, it is important to remember that when your child is hit by Dengue fever - it is a must to provide him with paracetamol instead of NSAIDS (ibuprofen) or aspirin as these triggers further bleeding.
GlaxoSmithKline on the other hand offers Calpol - our number 1 ally against Dengue Fever Management.
Two Certified Calpol Moms were present at the launch of the #AlliedAgainstDengue Movement to show their solidarity and shared some helpful tips too.
I am talking about Ms. Rowena Wendy Lim Lei - a mother and a blogger (Animetrics World) and of course, Ms. Jolina Magdangal- Escueta - actress, TV Host and a proud Mom to her son Pele.
Both Moms stand by their belief that Calpol (paracetamol) is suitable for managing Dengue fever. Why?
•clinically proven to relieve 6 types of pain and fever, headache, sore throat, fever and pain after vaccination, toothache, muscle ache, musculoskeletal pain
• can be taken with or without food
• Based on WHO Pocket book of Hospital care for children (2013) Paracetamol base is the 1st line treatment recommended by WHO for children more than 2 months with fever.
• Calpol 0-2 years old drops can be taken by children as young as one month old
• Drops and suspensions come with easy-to-use measuring cup for accurate dosing of children.
• Comes in kid-friendly flavours - orange for 0-2 year old drops, orange and strawberry for suspensions.
Now who wouldn't trust Calpol?
Doing My Part
As head of the Health and Sanitation Committee in our community, I am one of those who is 100% behind the #AlliedAgainstDengue movement of GlaxoSmithKline.
We held a series of Dengue Virus Education Classes in some parts of our barangay, Larviciding and misting especially around the hot spots.
I am part of this advocate that's why I am glad to have been invited to be part of this momentous event. I am one of those who hope that one day, Dengue will not be a primary cause of Death in the country.
And yes, I am also a Calpol Mom and a proud Ally Against Dengue.
For more info about the movement and the force behind #AlliedAgainstDengue - do visit GlaxoSmithKline's website.