CHO: Dengue cases down, but... PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 June 2013 11:35

The City Health Office yesterday reported reduced number of dengue cases in the city the past weeks but stressed that this is not reason for complacency.

In fact, Agbulos is calling on all barangay including school or education officials to help heighten awareness on the measures to prevent dengue hemorrhagic fever, a mosquito-borne disease.

In previous months, the dengue cases reached over 200-300 a month. However for the month of May, the number went down to 178. “There is a slight decrease and we are happy on the results [of our efforts], but this does not necessarily mean that dengue is gone”, the City Health Officer said.

From January to June 6 this year, 17 people have died due to dengue, based on CHO records. For the entire 2012,  the CHO recorded 37 fatalities also due to the mosquito-borne disease.

“We appeal to barangay officials and school officials to help the CHO and the Department of Health to help in the fight against dengue, particularly through the search and destroy strategy, the number one measure to prevent dengue fever,” the health official said.

The CHO has continuously pursued anti-dengue efforts and last May, the agency participated in the ‘Brigada Escuela,’ a maintenance drive in schools in preparation for the opening of classes last June 3. Fumigation activities were undertaken in the different schools.

Agbulos assured that the CHO will constantly push the anti-dengue advocacy by assisting barangays with the most number of dengue cases reported during the past months.

On the other hand, the health official said the reported dengue cases in local hospitals are not only from Zamboanga City but from surrounding areas as well like Basilan and Jolo. — Sheila Covarrubias