Lobregat orders junkshops regulated amid dengue rash PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2012 14:25

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday ordered sanitary inspectors of the City Health Office to strictly monitor and regulate the operation of junkshops in the city, especially in barangays where dengue cases were prevalent.

Lobregat issued the instruction during a meeting with stakeholders in City Hall yesterday afternoon, following the findings of entomological study and epidemiological survey conducted in barangays Guiwan and Tumaga, which registered the highest number of dengue cases.

Study shows that most if not all the households in both barangays with dengue incidence were found to have tires with stagnant water in their surroundings. The survey further revealed that in most cases these tires came from nearby junkshops.

The chief executive immediately instructed City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos to see to it that the sanitary inspectors visit the junkshops and find out if they have business permits; if none, close them down; if they have permits, make sure unused tires should be disposed of properly so as not to gather water and become breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

The entomological study and epidemiological survey were conducted after Mayor Lobregat declared last May 10 a dengue outbreak in Zamboanga City. This, as more than 1,000 dengue cases have been reported with 12 deaths ages 1-10 as of May 20.

Maria Zapanta of DOH-Manila and who conducted the study, said in spite of the dengue outbreak “it’s not too late, this is the best opportunity to control the progress of the ongoing epidemic.”

Other findings include poor environmental sanitary and waste management, all knowledge on prevention were not effectively translated to practice, mostly dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found inside the bedrooms and surroundings of houses.

The study further noted that dengue incidence was prevalent at the height of the rotational blackouts in the city over the past two months as most people, who are largely dependent on electric fans for cooling, preferred to stay outside their houses, thus the tendency of mosquito bites.

The study recommended for intensified community participation with emphasis on cleaning inside the houses, create a sanitary regulation for tires, develop a communication plan, and strengthen the city surveillance system. — Vic Larato