City initiates clean-up drive in evac centers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 13:08

To help prevent the spread of infections, the City Government through the City Health Office yesterday morning spearheaded a massive clean-up drive at evacuation centers starting at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex.

Mayor Beng Climaco together with Councilor Rodolfo Bayot and City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos scoured every nook and cranny of the grandstand to emphasize on the need to maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the area.

Maintaining cleanliness is essential in preventing diseases in the evacuation centers, Mayor Climaco emphasized as she personally led in the clean-up drive.

After the clean-up drive yesterday, the mayor hoped that the IDPs will carry on the cleanliness effort stressing that it is for their own welfare.

Specifically, the activity aimed to prevent the spread of dengue cases, a mosquito-borne disease, inside the grandstand.

Dr. Agbulos reported that 23 cases of dengue fever have been registered at the grandstand so far. “We urge the IDPs (internally displaced persons) to help keep the evacuation centers clean to prevent the spread of infections”.

Aside from clearing clogged drainage outlets and dousing puddles or stagnant water with salt, fumigation activities were also conducted inside the evacuation center to destroy dengue-carrying mosquitoes.                                                  Agbulos said similar clean-up drives will be held in the other 9 evacuation centers to help ensure the well-being of the IDPs.

The effort to maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the evacuation centers should be sustained by the IDPs themselves, the city health officer added. — Sheila Covarrubias