Noise barrage vs dengue set today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 May 2012 14:25

To massively inform the public about the prevention and control of dengue fever and eventually lower the cases which have reached the outbreak level, the City Health Office will spearhead today a noise barrage and motorcade in the city’s thoroughfares and national highways.

The noise barrage, which will be held after the 8am flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall is also a prelude to tomorrow’s simultaneous citywide clean up drive, set as one of the measures aimed to lower dengue cases.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said every resident of the city should be aware of the measures to prevent and control the mosquito borne disease which has claimed 10 lives, mostly children since January 1 until today.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has recently declared a dengue fever outbreak in Zamboanga in the wake of rising dengue cases which have reached over 700 during the first 5 months.

Search and destroy breeding sites of the aedes aegypti, the dengue-carrier mosquitoes is one of the basic measures being encouraged to help bring down the dengue cases.

The mayor’s declaration of a dengue outbreak in the city is formalized in Executive Order CL 452-2012 which also mandates the 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.

Last week, Dr. Agbulos has convened meetings with the barangay officials, health personnel including representatives from private and government health facilities or hospitals to discuss about the dengue situation and the need to undertake immediate measures to fight against dengue.

Both Mayor Lobregat and Dr. Agbulos have also emphasized on the need for strong public support and cooperation to the anti-dengue campaign.

“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”, both city officials have declared.

The noise barrage and motorcade today will cover all barangays from east to west. — Sheila Covarrubias