Lobregat alarmed by rising dengue cases PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2016 11:40

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso Lobregat has expressed alarm over the rising number of dengue cases in the city which has reached an alert level.

Lobregat said that since dengue can be prevented by means of environmental sanitation, this should be adopted not only by government agencies, but by the people themselves who are in the frontlines in terms of dengue prevention initiatives.

Of the top 10 dengue-stricken barangays, six come from District 1 which is under the jurisdiction of Lobregat and it is for this reason that he is greatly concerne of the health conditions of his constituents especially the children.

Based City Health Office records, the number of dengue cases has risen to 333 in the month of July.

“Most of those dengue stricken barangays has nearby rivers and bodies of water, therefore public participation in clean-up drives in the barangay and responsible garbage disposal is necessary,” Lobregat said.

The solon has also encouraged barangay officials to initiate massive clean-up drives especially on riverbanks and come up with a more responsible community attitude in sustaining sanitation.

Recall that during his term as mayor, Lobregat was very active in his program “Rio Limpio, Rio Vivo” which has contributed much in the decrease of dengue cases and sanitation problems in communities located along rivers and creeks.

Lobregat is set to conduct dialogues with barangay officials where dengue cases are prevalent in his district.

CHO revealed that the top 10 dengue affected barangays in the city are: Tetuan — 84 cases, Talon-Talon  — 82, Calarian – 80, Tumaga – 73, Sta. Maria – 68, Baliwasan – 66, Tugbungan – 54, San Roque – 53, Putik – 49, and Pasonanca — 47 cases.

Congressman Lobregat has also appealed to the barangays to closely coordinate with CHO and collaborate efforts in dengue prevention campaigns. — Dexter Yap