Dengue cases on alarming level anew in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:48

Dengue cases in Zamboanga City are on an alarming level as four of the 200 patients for January alone have died, according to the City Health Office.

Such number is higher than cases in previous years of the same month of January, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said.

In the entire year of 2012, more than 4,600 cases were monitored prompting the cityl government to declare an outbreak level.  The declaration has not been lifted primarily because of the continuous rise in dengue cases as registered in different hospitals in the city. 

“If cases will continue to rise, we might declare an early outbreak this year. Cases are so alarming now,” Agbulos said as he called on local residents not to be complacent but instead be more vigilant and be health conscious by maintaining their surroundings clean and practicing the search and destroy operation on the breeding site of mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.

To easily attend to suspected dengue patients, Agbulos said that a fast lane was established at the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC). Additional beds have been readied in cases of admission.

As an immediate response, a Dengue Action Team is going to be created which will be composed of representatives from CHO, Department of Education, and other concerned agencies in order to plan out move for its possible eradication.

Agbulos said the team will prioritize the search and destroy operation in the different schools (elementary).

To strengthen its campaign, a noise barrage will be carried around the city right after the flag raising ceremony at City Hall.

For the community to be involved in the campaign against dengue, Agbulos said his office is going to tap the different colleges and universities for them to adopt a barangay for the search and destroy operation.

In this year’s record, the barangays of Tetuan, Sta. Maria, Tumaga and some other communities within 7-kilometer radius have the highest number of dengue cases. — Jimmy Villaflores