CHO urges public to move vs dengue PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 August 2016 14:59

The City Health Office (CHO) has calledon the public to move against dengue while the city is not yet in the outbreak level.

Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, said in an interview that it is necessary to move as early as now while Zamboanga is not yet in the level of epidemic.

AGBULOR also reminded that it is already heard and seen in the media that most of the local government units are already declaring outbreak of dengue even in the neighboring provinces.

In Zamboanga City, according to Agbulos, they are doing their best when it comes to the prevention and control of dengue fever.

He is also appealing to the barangay officials to work closely with CHO together with the sanitary inspectors and medical officers to come up with a clean up drive especially the top 10 barangays affected by dengue fever.

Agbulos said for January 2016 they recorded 289 dengue cases, February 189, March 214, April 97, May 127, June 161, July 313, August 78 and still counting.

For 2015, January the office registered 218 dengue cases, February 180, March 126, April 60, May 107, June 242, July 404, and August 342.

CHO has also recorded 10 dengue fatalities since January this year in the entire city. The office recorded four deaths for January 2016, March, one death, May, with one death, June, with three deaths, and August, one.

The top 10 barangays affected by dengue are: Tetuan, Talon Talon, Calarian, Tumaga, Sta Maria, Baliwasan, Tugbungan, San Roque, Putik, and Pasonanca.

Dengue fever is a viral disease usually affecting infant and young children. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which lay eggs on clear and stagnant water, are the spreader of the disease.

The signs and symptoms of dengue fever includes: sudden high fever; joints and muscle pains; skin rashes; nose bleeding; vomiting of coffee colored mattered; and, dark colored stool.

Agbulos advised residents to continue practicing the “4S” strategy in a bid to further lessen the cases of dengue in the region.

The 4S strategy include the following: search and destroy; self protection measures; seek early consultation; and, say yes to fogging only when there is an impending outbreak. — R.G. A A. Go