CHO raises dengue alert as outbreak months near PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:48

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos yesterday raised the dengue alert in the city as he expressed apprehension that an outbreak or epidemic of the dreaded mosquito-borne disease might occur in the coming months of July and August just as it happened during the same period in the previous years.

“That’s why as early as now we have prevention and control measures in the barangays and we advise the public, particularly the barangay officials through the media to come up with their own search and destroy operations against the breeding grounds of the killer mosquitoes.

Dr. Agbulos said search and destroy operations were conducted in Talon-Talon, Tugbungan and Tetuan, the top three barangays with the most number of dengue cases.

He said for the month of May this year alone a total of 374 dengue cases were registered, higher than the 333 cases in May of 2013.

“We are apprehensive of outbreaks in July and August because these were the months in previous years when he had dengue outbreaks or epidemics,” Dr. Agbulos told the weekly press briefing in City Hall yesterday morning.

On the anti-smoking campaign, Agbulos said lectures on the new ordinance regulating smoking have been given to members of the faculty clubs of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST).

Similar lectures have been scheduled for police officers in the different police stations all over the city in a bid to educate them on the provisions of the anti-smoking ordinance for effective implementation.— Vic Larato