Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

     It's rainy season again and I'm sure that mothers like me feared one thing- Dengue Fever! Yes, I associate rainy season with this dreadful disease because I became a victim too not once but twice! I had dengue fever when I was in grade school and in college. Dengue fever during my elementary days (1994) was not as scary as today because there's only one stage. Even though it's not as scary today, I was admitted at the hospital and was confined and monitored from time to time because my platelet was going down. Antibiotics and paracetamol was given and thank God that I survived. The second incident was worse because aside from the symptoms that I felt when I was 10 years old, new symptoms emerge like nose bleed, bruises and vomiting.

     If my memory serves me right, the last Dengue Fever I had scared the hell out of me. I was confined in the hospital and was delusional that time. This disease is really scary and should be taken seriously because there's no known cure until now. Affected children are the ones who suffered too much because they don't know that a single bit of the female mosquito can threaten their lives.

     That's why when I was invited to the Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event last August 29, I didn't hesitate and said yes to the invitation. I'm aware that Dengue Fever already evolved from different stages that's why I need to hear factual information from the experts in this field. This is a very serious matter dearies so to know more about Dengue Fever management and the campaign of DOH to fight this disease, click CONTINUE READING and let's help in spreading the awareness!
Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event
Ms. Suzi Entrata-Abrera hosted the event
Unite Against Dengue

    GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol 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” as well as a Barangay Caravan that will bring dengue fever awareness efforts to the grassroots level.

     The World Health Organization has recommended Paracetamol as the preferred and only recommended analgesic treatment for Dengue Fever. Aspirin or ibuprofen is not advised as these drugs may aggravate bleeding.

     Calpol®, a product of GSK, contains Paracetamol specially designed to offer effective relief from the discomforts of pain and fever among children. Calpol® also has the broad suitability associated with standard paracetamol so you can be assured that it won’t harm your child when used as directed.
Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event
Dr. Eric Tayag of DOH, Dra. Sally Gatchalian of Dept Exec Director Phil Foundation for Vaccine and Pres Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Phil 2 and 
     “Dengue is a worldwide health issue. Based on WHO records, there have been 100 million dengue cases recorded and 5 percent resulted in death,” points out Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Eric Tayag.

     “Last year, the DOH recorded 204,906 dengue cases resulting in 660 deaths while in 2014, there have been 24,900 cases which have resulted in 100 deaths,” Dr. Tayag added. 

     Dengue continues to spread due to globalization, urbanization, climate change, increasing population, pollution problems, inadequate mosquito control and lack of community support to fight this disease. 

     “But the truth is, dengue can be prevented and stopped. The important thing is to know the facts about the disease,” said Dr. Tayag.

Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event
Dengue Fever signs and symptoms
Managing Dengue 

     Dengue is serious and potentially fatal. Quick and accurate detection is needed to arrest this disease.

     “Dengue is a clever and cunning disease,” declares Dr. Sally Gatchalian, secretary of the Philippine Pediatric Society. “It can disguise itself as other diseases. So, during the rainy season, which is when we usually see an increase of dengue cases, it is important to be on the lookout for fever that is at least of two days duration”.
Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event
Dengue Fever signs and symptoms
     “While there is no specific medicine to cure Dengue, we can, however, alleviate the pain felt by the child by at least managing their fever, like giving them Paracetamol Calpol which provides soothing fever relief you can rely on, ” says Jeofrey Yulo, GM of GSK consumer health care. 

     “When a child has fever, they feel weaker and lack the energy to enjoy life. So when fever strikes, it’s like they are putting their life on hold. In these times, you need a reliable partner to help provide a feeling of ginhawa that your sick child needs.”
Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event
Engaging the Barangays 

    Eliminating dengue must be a community effort. One such remarkable initiative is the partnership of the DOH, the PPS and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol which targets selected barangays within Metro Manila with identified high cases of dengue incidence.

    The DOH will initially 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.

    “You can protect your loved ones by knowing more about this debilitating disease, its prevention and management. At the onset of dengue-related symptoms immediately seek the advice of your family physician. In cases of fever, (paracetamol) Calpol® is the Filipino mom’s partner in providing effective , soothing fever relief that is suitable for children.” adds Yulo. “And because nothing works faster on fever than the Paracetamol in Calpol®, you are assured of your child going back to his normal, playful self again”.
Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol Event
     At the end of the talk, all the participants of the event made a pledge to help raise awareness against Dengue Fever and protect the lives of their love ones from the dreadful disease. This campaign is for the entire Filipino community since these pesky mosquitoes knows no one. The victim can be of any age, color and status in the community. So in order to prevent the disease from taking lives of the innocent victim, we must take action in order to save lives especially the children.
Askyon Laban Sa Dengue with Paracetamol Calpol Launch
Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Jeofrey Yulo and 
     We also had a question and answer portion before the event ended. I was enlightened and learn so many things from Dra. Sally and her experience as a mother who had a daughter with Dengue Fever. Even as a medical practitioner, she too felt the same way as what mothers will naturally feel when their child is suffering from this kind of disease. 
Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Calpol Event
     Thank you so much Calpol for having me in this event. It's one of the event that opened my eyes and made me realize that even though you're doing your part in preventing the spread of this dreadful disease, it is with the community's initiative to keep the environment clean, free from mosquitoes that will save the lives of our love ones. Spreading awareness is very important and can help prevent Dengue Fever from its heart-breaking consequences.

Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol EventAbout Calpol® 
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 www.calpol.com.ph . 
*Calpol, Calpol Arrow Tip and Star Device are registered trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. 
Aksyon Laban sa Dengue with GlaxoSmithKline's Paracetamol Calpol EventPanacool Children’s Cooling Patch
With natural ingredients for express cooling action especially suited for children
Helps soothe the discomfort of fever
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. For more information about (Paracetamol) Calpol®, and its Dengue campaign, visit www.calpol.com.ph or like on Facebook at CalpolPH 

28 comments

  1. I'm so sorry to hear that you were affected not once, but twice. It's so scary that a tiny insect can carry so many strands of viruses. Thank you for spreading awareness!

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  2. Looks like it must have been a fun event to go to!

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  3. I had never heard of dengue until just a few short weeks ago. Had no idea until your post that it was a worldwide disease! Thanks for great information on it.

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  4. That you for your post. It is great that you were able to attend this event and that you are making others aware of Dengue Fever.

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  5. Looks like a great product to help with Dengue Fever. I've never heard of this before but it sounds a lot like malaria. No fun at all.

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  6. Looks like a very great event. Thanks for sharing this post and useful info :)

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  7. I had never heard of Dengue before I read this. It sounds pretty bad but at least some companies are working towards fixing the problem.

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  8. Dengue Fever. Just another reason that mosquitoes suck! We're even starting to get it here in the States!

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  9. Diseases like this scare me! I cannot believe you got it twice. You are the perfect person to write this informative post! Thank you!

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  10. Interesting, I didn't realize Paracetemol was a treatment for dengue!

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  11. I live in Canada and Dengue is not something we have to worry about but I tell you, I love this post. I learned so much and it is nice to see that there are drugs to help children deal with the high fever. Always very scary.

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  12. I'm glad we have four seasons and not one of them includes any sort of fever! What a horrible experience it must have been for you!

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  13. Dengue is such a killer disease. This is a nice initiative by Paracetamol to combat Dengue.

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  14. Dengue has been here for so many years and I'm glad that there are now several known treatments on how to eliminate this supposedly deadly disase. Yup, it can be prevented and we just need to be more aware on how to do that.

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  15. That's pretty terrifying! I hadn't heard of this disease before now.

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  16. nice to see this medicine and the support against dengue! here in malaysia they does things like this too but i am not sure if we have calpol as well. its been raining recently means more mosquitoes coming

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  17. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this cool product. I like the cooling packets and it looks like a great addition to my first aid kit, when my grandkids need something cool to get the temp down. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. What great information about Dengue fever. It was awesome you got to be part of this event. Prevention comes from awareness. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Years ago, I took care of someone who had dengue and I've seen how difficult it was. I know of friends who breezed through dengue because their immune system was A-ok, but there are also folks who don't get too lucky with it. It's always best to be informed so this is a good campaign that Glaxo is doing.

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  20. It's a relief you were able to recover from dengue. Takot ako sa dengue kaya we have anti-mosquito everything here at home, haha. Tapos I make sure the little one has anti-mosquito patches din when he goes to school. Better safe than sorry talaga. :)

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  21. I've never heard of Dengue Fever before this. This sounds like something that needs to be talked about more!

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  22. Thank you for all of the information. I had only heard of Dengue Fever before & only knew that you could get it from a mosquito bite.

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  23. That sounds like such a scary illness to come down with, or to have to watch your kids suffer with. I'm glad there are medications to help though!

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  24. Wow...twice. That's crazy. Glad they sent you to this event. I'd not heard of this before

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  25. I also have never heard of Dengue Fever. I really appreciating you posting this information, including its symptoms.

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  26. this is a very timely campaign! you're blessed to have survived the virus twice! take care! :)

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  27. I'm so sorry that you had to experience this illness when you were younger! Thankfully, there are great events like this one to raise awareness!

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