Dengue cases now on ‘high alert’ level— CHO PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 May 2012 12:42

The City Health Office has reiterated the call for intensified search and destroy mosquito breeding areas campaign, as dengue hemorrhagic fever cases in the city have reached the “high alert” level as of May 3.

Citing statistics, City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos said dengue cases from January 1 to May 3 have reached 654—only a hundred cases short before it becomes an outbreak.

Of the total 654 registered cases from January 1 to May 3, nine (9) were fatal.

In 2011, the CHO has recorded only a little over 200 cases during the same period. The dengue mortality for the whole of 2011 was 14.

Dr. Agbulos said his office will conduct barangay community meetings targeting specifically the top 20 barangays to come up with plans and programs intended to prevent and control the spread of dengue fever.

“We have exceeded the alert level and so what is very urgent is for barangay officials and the residents to spearhead the drive to prevent and control dengue fever in their barangays”, Dr. Agbulos told reporters in an interview Thursday afternoon.

CHO personnel will go around the most affected barangays to discuss urgent measures to search and destroy breeding sites of the dengue-carrier mosquitoes in a bid to stop the further increase of dengue incidences. Aside from the top 20 barangays, also target of the community  meetings will be barangays where there are sporadic dengue cases as well as those areas with rivers and riverbanks and cemeteries, the city health officer said.

He expressed confidence that the situation can still be remedied for as long as the barangay officials and the residents will cooperate and support each other in eliminating dengue carrier mosquito breeding sites.

Cleanliness and sanitation is the most effective and most urgent measure at the moment, Dr. Agbulos stressed.

The unstable weather condition brought about by climate change is the main reason for the increase in the population of Aedes Aegypti, the principal mosquito vector of dengue viruses.

“With the help of barangay officials and residents, I am very confident that we can prevent the declaration of an outbreak”, he said.

Included in the list of top 20 barangays are Tugbungan, Guiwan, Tumaga, Sta. Maria, Pasonanca, and Tetuan.

A dengue outbreak was declared in 2010 in Zamboanga City. — Sheila Covarrubias