Dengue fever is endemic in most tropical places including the Philippines. The good news is that the febrile disease caused by the day-biting mosquito, Aedes Aegypti, can be managed at home. Health authorities issued the following steps for parents and caregivers to observe when a child or adult family member shows signs of dengue fever.
Aedes aegypti or tiger mosquito – low-flying, day-biting, lurks in dark places of the house, lays eggs on clean and stagnant water
The D.E.N.G.U.E. Strategy
D – daily monitoring of patient’s status
E – encourage intake of oral fluids like oresol, water, juices, etc,
N – note any dengue warning signs like persistent vomiting and bleeding,
G – give paracetamol for fever and NOT aspirin, because aspirin induces bleeding,
U – use mosquito nets and
E – early consultation is advised for any warning signs
The strategy teaches the public about home treatment of mild dengue cases. By observing these steps, the public will be able to help decongest many government and private hospitals crowded by suspecting dengue patients. It also gives assurance that not all dengue cases require hospital confinement but can be managed at home using the said strategy.
But for patients who are not fortunate to survive the complications, I hope their families can depend on a fast term life insurance to cushion the impact of hospitalization and other expenses to families. Rate of hospital expenses vary from the kind of services extended to patients depending on how serious the case is. But any financial assistance from your life insurance company is a big help in time of grief.
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