Barangays unite vs dengue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:14

City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos yesterday expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the citywide clean up set against dengue fever, as he reiterated his call on every household, barangays and communities to continue with the drive everyday to totally eliminate dengue carrier mosquitoes.

Agbulos made the rounds of the different barangays to observe the cleanup drive initiated by the city government as a measure to bring down dengue cases which have reached outbreak level.

As of press time, some 800 cases of dengue have been registered with the death toll at 10.

Last Monday, the CHO spearheaded a noise barrage and motorcade to massively inform the public about the prevention and control of the mosquito borne disease. The activity, participated by different agencies and the barangay sector, was a prelude to the simultaneous citywide clean up drive yesterday.

As early as 8 a.m., the different barangays started the clean up drive, according to Dr. Agbulos. “We are satisfied with the outcome but we hope that people will continue with the drive and search and destroy breeding places of dengue carrier mosquitoes.”

The City Health officer said a repeat clean up will be set after two weeks if and when dengue cases will not be reduced.

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. — Sheila Covarrubias