CHO: Dengue cases down but outbreak level still on PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 15:35

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos yesterday announced that the dengue fever cases have significantly gone down in June but stressed that the outbreak level is still in effect calling for continuous anti-dengue efforts.

“A bit of good news,” the City Health officer told city government workers during the Monday flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall, stating that for the month of June, 246 cases were registered, way below the outbreak level of 342.

He happily announced that the reduction in the number of cases is proof that the unyielding effort to fight against the dengue outbreak is paying off.  “Este ta dale mira kay el di aton esfuerza na limpiesa bien efectivo”.

Dr. Agbulos urged all sectors to continue the efforts to further lower the cases if not eliminate the cases.

Specifically, he called on barangay officials to continuously spearhead the campaign in their respective areas of responsibility and to encourage each and every household to do the same.

He stressed anew that the City Government through his office is merely leading the way in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease and that the problem will not be resolved without the all-out support and cooperation of all the sectors.

Agbulos said there should be no complacency on the part of the people even if dengue cases are reducing. “The more we should be aggressive and
unyielding in our efforts”.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, upon recommendation of the Dr. Agbulos and other health officials, last May 10 declared a dengue outbreak in Zamboanga and issued an executive order mandating 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