Celso orders massive fumigation in schools PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 May 2012 15:12

Due to the dengue outbreak in Zamboanga City, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday instructed the City Health Office to conduct a massive fumigation in all public and private schools in the city before the opening of classes for School Year 2012-2013 on June 4.

Lobregat issued the instruction yesterday during a meeting for Balik Eskwela at City Hall conference room which was attended by school principals and administrators, police and fire officers, barangay officials and other stakeholders.

It was suggested that schools belonging to barangays with the highest number of dengue cases will be priority of the fumigation to be carried out by CHO personnel. However, barangays with fogging machines are requested to conduct the fumigation in their schools with CHO providing the necessary chemical, considering that the CHO has only three fogging machines.

The chief executive said that the fumigation should start next week from May 21 to Jun 3, when the schools are having their Brigada Eskwela. Cleaning of school surroundings is requested before fumigation to ensure that dengue-carrying mosquitoes are killed.

Priority of fumigation is given to public schools in barangays Tumaga, Tugbungan, Canelar, Tetuan, Guiwan, Putik, Sta. Maria, San Roque, Talon-Talon, Baliwasan, Sta.Catalina, Upper Calarian, Sta. Barbara, San Jose Gusu, Mampang, Lunzuran, and Upper Pasonanca including the Zamboanga City Central School (East and West).

The fumigation will cover at least two schools every day. Private schools may be fumigated upon request by their administrators.

Likewise, Lobregat reminded school principals and administrators of their responsibility to ensure that their respective schools are always clean. “Non-functional toilets should be made functional, broken window panes and doorknobs should be replaced. The condition of a toilet is a reflection of people using it,” he said.

It can be recalled, a dengue outbreak was declared in Zamboanga City following the reported 774 dengue cases with 9 fatalities from January 1 to April 30, this year. Massive cleanup has already been conducted in all barangays.

Meanwhile, Lobregat has also directed the local police to make sure that security and traffic measures are in place in all schools, especially those located within the city proper, during the opening of classes.

Police identified the following schools where security and traffic measures will be implemented: Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Universidad de Zamboanga, Southern City Colleges, Chong Hua High School, St. Joseph High School, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Western Mindanao State University, MEIN College, Pilar College, Claret High School, Zamboanga National High School West, Zamboanga City High School Main, East and West Central School, Brent College, Baliwasan Central School, San Jose Elementary School, among others. — Vic Larato