City seeks strong public support on anti-dengue PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 May 2012 13:48

The war against dengue fever will not succeed unless there is the strong and fervent support from each and every household, community and barangay in the city, authorities declared yesterday.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and City Health Officer Dr. Agbulos pointed out that dengue fever incidences will not minimize if the households, communities and barangays will not simultaneously act and move to help reduce dengue incidences.

Lobregat on Thursday, May 10, issued Executive Order CL 452-2012 declaring a dengue fever outbreak in Zamboanga City and mandating the implementation of appropriate measures against the disease.

Records from the City Health Office’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit show that over 700 dengue cases have been reported from January to May this year as compared to only 306 cases on the same period last year. At least fatalities were recorded during the period. For the month of April this year, 225 dengue cases were registered surpassing the outbreak threshold of 236.

Mayor Lobregat in his executive order said there is an urgent need to undertake immediate interventions to control and prevent the spread of dengue fever in the city by implementing the 4 S strategy of the Department of Health but not limited to the following: search and destroy breeding sites of dengue mosquitoes, self protection (using mosquito nets, repellent, protecting clothing, seek early consultation and management and say no to indiscriminate fogging.

The mayor has appealed for voluntary blood donations to ensure availability of supply of blood at the Red Cross blood bank.

Meanwhile, the massive and simultaneous clean-up drive set as one of the dengue preventive measures scheduled today has been moved to May 15, Tuesday.

Dr. Agbulos said on Monday (May 14), a noise barrage and motorcade will be held to let each and every resident know about the Tuesday’s citywide clean up drive and at the same time enjoin residents to do their share in order to prevent the spread of dengue hemorrhagic fever which has reached the outbreak level in Zamboanga.

Yesterday, Dr. Agbulos initiated a meeting of all officials from the city’s 98 barangays to seek their all out support and cooperation in the fight against dengue, one of which is the May 15 simultaneous citywide clean up activity.

During the meeting, Mayor Lobregat distributed mosquito swatters to the barangay officials to help in the preventive measures.

The other day, the city health officer convened representatives of private hospitals and other health facilities including the Zamboanga City Medical Center and other health personnel to talk on the possibility of setting up fast lanes for dengue patients. — Sheila Covarrubias