Zambo dengue level, no cause for alarm — CHO PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 13:34

Amid dengue outbreak in numerous areas in Luzon, Zamboanga City’s situation remains normal but health authorities appeal for vigilance and sustained cleanliness drive.
City  Health Office record shows two (2) dengue cases reported from Aug. 1-15 as compared to the 485 dengue cases reported during the same period last year that prompted the declaration of an outbreak.

Last month, 64 persons were diagnosed to be infected with the mosquito-borne disease. The number is seven times lower than the July 2010 record which reached 460 cases, according to City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos.

However, despite the slim number of dengue cases, Dr. Agbulos advises the public to remain vigilant and not to be complacent in maintaining the cleanliness of their surroundings.

According to Agbulos, although the City has an on-call fumigation team, there is no more effective means to combat dengue than the “search-and-destroy” approach-which is to kill the larvae of the mosquitoes in their breeding places like areas with stagnant water especially during rainy season.

He further encouraged residents to immediately report to barangay Sanitary Inspectors any and all dengue related diseases in their area.
The earlier these breeding places are checked and destroyed the lesser the chance for the carrier-mosquitoes to endanger the lives of the individuals in the area, Dr.
Abulos said.“Let us not be complacent in doing our part so that lives will not be at risk due to this viral disease”.

At present, 7 mortalities were already recorded, majority of them are children from 1-5 years old. Last year, there were 25 deaths out of the 2, 487 cases of dengue. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO