CHO initiates ‘Zero dengue, act now’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 July 2012 14:13

The City Health Office launches today the “Zero Dengue, act now” initiative, intended to step up awareness on the dengue disease in the wake of the steady number of dengue cases registered in different hospitals in the city.

The campaign targets the search and destroy approach and will be held today, July 21 and on July 28 in barangays with most number of registered dengue cases. It will involve the different sectors that include the Department of Education, the barangays, City Health Office, General Service Office, Philippine Air Force, 4Ps program participants and other sectors.

Barangays involved in the activity today are Tumaga, Tetuan, Tugbungan, Guiwan, Putik and Lunzuran which remain the top barangays with most number of dengue cases registered.

Christine Lim of the City Health Office said the activity involve house to house visitations in the barangays to encourage and to educate the residents on how to best rid the surroundings and households of dengue carrier mosquitoes.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has declared a dengue outbreak in the city last May 10 in view of the mounting cases of dengue and the increased number of deaths caused by the mosquito-borne disease.

As of today, the outbreak level remains in effect, even as anti-dengue efforts are in full swing.

As this developed, the CHO headed by Dr. Rodel Agbulos will organize a dengue Summit on July 25 to extensively discuss about dengue.

The Summit will be a whole day affair and will feature speakers who are experts in the anti-dengue campaign. Invited to grace the event are Department of Health officials from Manila.

At least 300 participants coming from the Department of Education, barangay sector, religious groups, civic organizations, hospitals and NGOs will attend the summit. — Sheila Covarrubias