ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The City Health Office (CHO) spearheaded yesterday a noise barrage and motorcade in the city’s thoroughfares and national highways against dengue, which has reached outbreak or epidemic level in the city.
The activity was aimed to inform the public about the prevention and control of dengue fever and eventually lower the cases which have reached outbreak level.
The noise barrage, held after the 8 a.m. flag-raising ceremony in front of City Hall, was also a prelude to simultaneous citywide clean up drive, set as one of the measures aimed at lowering dengue cases.
City health officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said every resident of the city should be aware of the measures to prevent and control the mosquito-borne disease which had claimed 10 lives, mostly children since Jan. 1.
Mayor Celso Lobregat has declared a dengue fever outbreak in Zamboanga in the wake of rising dengue cases which have reached over 700 during the first five months.
Dr. Agbulos told the PNA that the word outbreak also means “epidemic.” He said there is no other higher level of the incidence of the disease except for outbreak of epidemic.
The basic measures being encouraged to help bring down the dengue cases are to search and destroy breeding sites of the aedes aegypti, the dengue-carrying mosquitoes. (PNA)