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PIA Press Release
2008/02/11

DOH Zamboanga initiates 'Limpiesa' to rid dengue

Zamboanga City (February 11) -- The City Health Office (CHO) spearheaded the conduct of a massive clean up drive in barangays within the 7 kilometer radius, as an initial salvo to the intensified anti-dengue campaign in the city.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos mobilized barangay officials, the education sector, health workers and other sectoral groups for the cleanliness campaign aimed to eliminate breeding places of dengue carrier mosquitoes.

Agbulos has declared the dengue situation in the city to be in high alert level and initiated immediate interventions to prevent and control the further spread of the disease.

Dengue fever, a mosquito borne disease may be fatal if undetected and unattended. For the whole month of January, over 140 cases have been registered, a record that is triple the number during the same period last year and even in 2005 when the city experienced a dengue outbreak.

The concentration of the clean up drive recently were in San Roque, Calarian, Mampang, Putik, Recodo, Tetuan, Ayala, Sta. Maria and Tumaga barangays where dengue cases were registered the past months.

While Ayala and Recodo are no longer included in the barangays within the seven kilometer radius, the clean up activity was undertaken in the two villages in view of the dengue cases registered.

Agbulos urged all residents in the barangays to maintain cleanliness and sanitation to prevent the spread of the dengue disease. "This is the cheapest and most effective way to prevent the dengue".

Dengue virus infections are caused by a bite of an infected mosquito called Aedes Aegypti, which thrive on stagnant water in flower pots, containers, birdbaths and discarded tires among others.

No less than Mayor Celso Lobregat launched a massive information drive to make people aware of the measures to prevent and control dengue.

He stressed that the campaign to stamp out dengue will not be successful without the support and cooperation of all sectors. (CIO/PIA9-zc) [top]

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