What You Can Do About Dengue

By now, you are probably aware that Singapore is having problems combating dengue. As a citizen you can do something to help the government with this battle. Don’t be passive and just depend on the government because overcoming dengue requires a collective effort. The easiest way for you to get involved is to participate in different programs about dengue prevention and practice what you have learned at home. Some of the actions you can do to protect your family from dengue are:

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Screen your house. If you haven’t done it yet, have all your windows screened to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Screening your windows, as opposed to simply closing all your windows, is more energy efficient.

Avoid going outside. Unless you’re going somewhere important, just stay indoors. Night time is when mosquitoes go out and are more likely to bite.

Wear proper clothing. If you do go outside, especially at night or to wooded areas, wear long-sleeved shirts, full-length pants and socks to stop mosquitoes from getting to your skin.

Apply mosquito repellent. For your skin, you should apply mosquito repellent with 10% DEET. You can also choose to apply Permethrin to your things (like clothing, bed net, shoes and many more).

Destroy mosquito habitat. Mosquitoes that carry dengue usually live in stagnant waters. If you have pails, vases, pots and automobile tires, you should turn it over every day and make sure no water is collected because mosquitoes might lay their eggs there. To effectively lower the population of mosquitoes, stop them from breeding from the start.

You can also refer to signboards provided by agencies like NEA (National Environment Agency). If you find any seminars near your area, take time to attend and get a better understanding of dengue and how to protect yourself from it. Please support the government’s efforts so that our measures against dengue becomes even more effective.

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