10 Zambo barangays on dengue watchlist PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 June 2014 14:38

Ten barangays in Zamboanga are on the dengue watch list and the City Health Office (CHO) has cautioned the residents to be doubly cautious and do the necessary measures to prevent the disease from infecting family members.

Corresponding to the number of dengue cases in January this year, these barangays include Talon-Talon with 68 cases, Tugbungan-66, Rio Hondo-62, Tetuan-62, Tumaga-55, Sta. Catalina-49, Baliwasan-42, Putik-40, San Roque-36, and Ayala-35.

“We have zero dengue admissions for April and May, this year,” shared City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, adding that intensified measures such as fumigations and weekly cleanup drives have paid off.

The CHO is closely monitoring the situation in the evacuation centers such as in the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (Grandstand) and at the shoreline and in the transitory sites, where thousands of internally-displaced families are still sheltering.

“The CHO with the International Committee of the Red Cross will create a mobile team to conduct house-to-house visits in the evacuation centers and transitory sites,” Dr. Agbulos said.

In addition, 5,100 mosquito nets were donated by the Shell Malaria Foundation, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, Dr. Agbulos cautioned the public on the possible spread of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the carrier of the dengue. He said that residents should also do their part in preventing the spread by maintaining good sanitation in their homes.

Dengue prevention measures include shutting of open water containers, cleaning garbage cans and other containers that may have accumulated rain water, use of screen on doors and windows, and the use of eco-friendly insecticides.