When I was informed about the Dengue Awareness Campaign of Calpol, I immediately said yes to the invitation. This is one of the illnesses that I dread the most. I was so careful about my son contracting the disease that I forgot to protect myself from it. Yes, I had dengue three years ago. But still I considered it as a blessing that it was I who had the disease and not my son because if he had the disease, I would’ve died of extreme worrying.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), 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 (DOH) and the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) in spearheading the 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. This campaign was launched last Friday, August 29, 2014 at Shangri-la Hotel Makati.

There was a giant photo frame with caption “I Commit to Fight Dengue Fever with Calpol!” at the entrance of the function room. Below is my son and I’s pictures posing on the giant photo frame.

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Fight against dengue with calpol

The function room was arranged informally, with ottoman chairs and blue as motif. The tables were decorated with boxes and fans with information about dengue fever too. Reading the information about dengue fever made us busy while waiting for the event to start.

The Function Room

The Function Room

A quick view about dengue fever, the signs, and how you can treat it on the tables.  You can also see the fans on the left side, I brought one home, hihi.

A quick view about dengue fever, the signs, and how you can treat it on the tables. You can also see the fans on the left side, I brought one home, hihi.

The event was hosted by Ms. Suzi Entrata-Abrera. The program started with opening remarks from Ms. Gikki Martija, Head of Marketing of GSK Consumer Healthcare, Philippines. She mentioned during the opening remarks the reason why GSK has partnered with DOH and PPS is to raise awareness on dengue fever. After Ms. Martija’s talk, two video clips were shown to further explain how we can contract dengue. After these two video clips, Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Secretary of Philippine Pediatric Society, also shared her own experiences about dengue fever. Her daughter caught the disease twice and even if she is a doctor, she felt helpless about the disease. She further explained what we have seen on the video about dengue fever and she said that never, ever take Ibuprofen nor Aspirin when a person has dengue fever as this may aggravate bleeding to the patient. She stressed that only Paracetamol should be administered to the dengue patient to alleviate discomfort and fever.

Department of Health representative Ms. Evelyn Perez also shared during the event that educating Filipinos about the prevention and treatment of dengue fever is important in the fight against it. I also found out that for this year, there were already 24,900 reported cases of dengue in our country, which resulted in 100 deaths.

A kilig moment for me during the event was when Mr. Jeoffrey Yulo General Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare, Philippines, asked my son if he liked to go up with him on the stage. It was not on the script, but he just wanted to emphasize that the reason for this campaign is to protect our loved ones. He assured the people that we should not be afraid of dengue. “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,” said Yulo.

Kib’s shining moment during the event with Mr. Yulo

Kib’s shining moment during the event with Mr. Yulo

To seal the partnership, GSK, DOH, and PPS made a vow to fight dengue. Everybody in the room were also encouraged to make a promise to fight dengue by writing our names on the card given to us before the event and dropping it inside the box in front of the stage.

Everybody in the room were encouraged to drop their commitment slips in the box provided in the middle

Everybody in the room were encouraged to drop their commitment slips in the box provided in the middle

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I feel so blessed to be part of the launch of this campaign and rest assured that I am one with you in this campaign. I will do everything in my might to fight the disease. Thank you, Calpol Philippines, for providing me a dengue prevention and treatment kit after the event.

Still, it is best to consult our respective doctors should dengue fever symptoms persist. For more information about Paracetamol Calpol and its dengue campaign, visit www.capol.com.ph or follow Calpol Philippines on Facebook (http://facebook.com/CalpolPH).

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About The Author

Donna is a certified multitasker! From being a homeschool mom to work from home mom to stage mom to blogger mom, Donna is able to master the art of doing several tasks while taking care of his son, Kib. A teacher by profession, Donna earned her Master's Degree in Childhood Education at Miriam College. Currently, Donna works as an events director at Manila Workshops and as an ESL online tutor at Rarejob. Get to know her more at her personal blog at http://homeschoolerkib.blogspot.com

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