San Fernando activates sanitation teams-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando recently activated the Barangay Sanitation Brigades or BSBs to combat diseases acquired from dirty places.
Some 80 volunteers from the city's 35 barangays are part of the BSBs, which encourages Fernandinos to participate in community-based clean-ups drives, street-sweeping, declogging of canals and proper solid waste management.
Dunn Patrick Imana of the City Health Office’s Environmental Health and Sanitation Division said that cleaner surroundings translate to lesser diseases from non-sanitized environments.
"Tuberculosis and dengue are two of the many communicable diseases we want to eradicate. The expected impact of this project is to reduce the number of Fernandinos who acquire these types of diseases. If we have cleaner surroundings, less number of communicable disease cases will be recorded," Imana said.
For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago told the BSB volunteers that they play an important role in preventing the spread of such vector borne diseases.
"You should be monitoring the cleanliness of your surroundings and constantly inspect creeks and waterways in your barangays," Santiago said.
The number of dengue cases in the city of San Fernando has been reduced from 550 to 163 in the same period last year, due to what Santiago branded as preventive measures like cleaning, declogging and fogging operations.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 08, 2013.