Celso reiterates 4S strategy vs dengue PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2013 14:16

Mayor Celso Lobregat the other day reiterated the “4 S strategy” as a way of preventing dengue amid the rising cases the past few weeks.

Caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, 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.

Lobregat reminded the public about the 4S Strategy, as multi-secotral groups organized Dengue Action Teams (Un Fuerza Unido Contra Dengue) that would spearhead various activities to include clean up drives to minimize if eliminate dengue cases.

Last Saturday was the first round of clean up drive where all groups—the barangays, academe, other government and non-government organizations initiated cleanliness activities in their areas of assignment.

Lobregat said the strategy of search and destroy breeding sites of dengue carrier-mosquitoes, specifically stagnant clear water in cans, flower vases, rain barrels and old rubber tires among others is an urgent call that everybody should heed.

He emphasized that the clean-up campaign should first zero in on the specific households with dengue cases then the immediate neighborhood, the community and the barangay as a whole.

The mayor has also instructed the City Social Welfare and Development Office to utilize the incoming beneficiaries of the Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in the anti-dengue clean-up campaign.

Based on monitoring by the City Health Office, 372 dengue cases with 9 deaths for the first two months (Jan-Feb) 2013 have been recorded. In January this year, Sta. Maria registered 36 cases, Tetuan- 24, Putik- 20, Talon-Talon- 16, Pasonanca- 14, Sta Catalina- 14, Guiwan- 13, Sangali-13, Calarian- 12, Tumaga- 12, Mampang- 10 and San Roque- 10.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said with the latest statistics there is a need for all stakeholders in the community to stand united in the fight against dengue, which claimed 37 lives and 4,028 cases in 2012 that prompted the city government to declare a dengue outbreak.

He said a spot map has already been made in preparation for the Feb. 23 (Saturday) clean-up drive in highly affected communities.

“Using the spot map, the clean-up drive will concentrate in the community with high dengue cases and to spread out to cover the entire barangay,” Dr. Agbulos explained. —Sheila Covarrubias