Dengue Summit set today PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:08

Multi-sectoral groups in the city will converge for a summit on dengue as part of the efforts to further strengthen the campaign against dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease which remains in the outbreak level in Zamboanga.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, who initiated the conduct of the Dengue Summit, said Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag and Dr. Dimaano, dengue coordinator-specialist at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila will be the key resource speakers during the day-long summit.

Some 600 participants coming from the Department of Education, barangay sector, civic groups, religious groups, public and private agencies, non-government organizations and other groups will attend the summit.

Agbulos said the summit forms part of the City Government’s effort to step up the drive against the dengue disease.

As of press time, over 2,000 cases of dengue have been registered in Zamboanga, of which 23 people, mostly children have expired.

The City Health Officer said the number of cases remain in the outbreak level, thus, all concerned should double efforts to minimize the number of cases.

Dengue is caused by a virus transmitted mosquitoes, however dengue can be prevented through the 4 S strategy: Search and destroy breeding sites of dengue mosquitoes; Self protection; Seek early consultation and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has declared a dengue outbreak in the city last May 10.

Last Saturday, July 21, the CHO has initiated the conduct of a  massive clean up drive in barangays with the most number of dengue cases registered. Another activity is set on July 28.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has called on the public anew to intensify efforts to combat dengue, a mosquito-borne disease stressing that the government’s campaign will be futile without the support and cooperation of all sectors. — Sheila Covarrubias