DOST-4A hosts webinar on dengue, COVID-related health issues

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Oct 18 (PIA) – Dengue and various mental health concerns are some of the health issues other than the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that the government is addressing.
As part of the National Science and Technology Week celebration, the Department of Science and Technology - CALABARZON (DOST-4A) hosted a two-day webinar series entitled, ‘#BANGON: Bayanihan Tungo sa Pagbangon’, which aimed to address public health concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) Hospital Infection Unit Head Dr. Regina P. Berba explained that the similarities between the two diseases made their diagnosis and treatment more challenging.
“Interestingly, in areas with high incidence of dengue fever cases, such as Brazil, the rate of spread of COVID-19 is significantly slower,” Berba said.
The physician also shared her hypothesis that persons who have contracted dengue in the past may have developed immunity to COVID-19 to a certain degree.
She also introduced ‘Biotek M’, an affordable yet effective dengue detection kit designed and developed by a team of Fiipino inventors led by Dr. Raul V. Destura, and funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.
Dengue virus carrier Aedes aegypti is known to thrive in stagnant water, which prompted inventor Lyle Herbosa to develop the larvicide, Kiti-KitiX.
According to Herbosa, Kiti-KitiX is effective for 11 months and is non-toxic to humans and animals, except for mosquitoes.
It has already passed the evaluation of the Bureau of Food and Drugs and availed by the DOST’s Technology and Application and Promotions Institute (DOST-TAPI) iTech Lending Program.
Meanwhile, psychiatrist and member of the Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates,  Dr. Joffrey Sebastian Quiring, discussed how to overcome compassion and caution fatigue during the pandemic.
Dr. Quiring clarified that compassion and caution fatigue are not considered mental disorders, rather a phenomena similar to burnout. To overcome these, he recommended adopting the 7S’s: self-awareness, solution-based thinking, soothing your senses, social support, service to others, spirituality and finding meaning, and self-compassion. (PB)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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