Anti-dengue campaign in transitory sites intensified PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:28

Efforts to stop the increasing number of dengue cases in the evacuation camps are gaining ground, as indicated by zero dengue admissions recorded for the months of April and May.

This was disclosed by City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos during a press briefing held at City Hall last Tuesday.

While the 43 dengue cases recorded in January was below the epidemic threshold, it was high enough to be alarming. To arrest the escalation, the local government through the City Health Office (CHO) conducted a series of clean-up drives.

The clean-up has proven to be effective as the number of dengue cases significantly decreased in the succeeding months until the figure had been reduced to nil in April and May.

CHO has also facilitated the distribution of 5,100 sets of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to all evacuation centers and transitory sites. Said mosquito nets came from the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Shell Malaria Foundation.

Health committees consisting of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is sustaining the weekly clean-up drive, with the involvement of the IDP leaders in each camp.

In addition, larvicidal agents were also given to different evacuation camps to further eradicate dengue-carrying mosquitoes. — Claudine Uniana