Dengue cases in Zambo on ‘high alert’ level-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Friday, May 4, 2012
THE City Health Office (CH) has called on authorities and the public once again to help intensify its campaign against dengue hemorrhagic fever as the cases in Zamboanga City have reached “high alert” level.
City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said the dengue cases from January 1 to May 3 have reached 654, only a hundred cases short before it becomes an outbreak.
Of the total 654 registered cases from January 1 to May 3, nine were fatal, Agbulos said.
The CHO recorded last year only a little over 200 cases covering the same period. The dengue mortality recorded last year was 14.
Agbulos said his office will conduct community meetings in the 20 villages of the city to come up with plans and programs intended to prevent and control the spread of dengue fever.
Included in the list of top 20 villages are Tugbungan, Guiwan, Tumaga, Sta. Maria, Pasonanca, and Tetuan.
“We have exceeded the alert level and so what is very urgent is for barangay officials and the residents to spearhead the drive to prevent and control dengue fever in their barangays,” Agbulos added.
Health personnel will go around the most affected villages to discuss urgent measures to search and destroy breeding sites of the dengue-carrier mosquitoes, he said.
Aside from the top 20 villages, also target of the community meetings will be villages where there are sporadic dengue cases as well as those areas with rivers and riverbanks and cemeteries, he said.
Agbulos was confident that the situation can still be remedied for as long as the barangay officials and the residents will cooperate and support each other in eliminating mosquito breeding sites.
“With the help of barangay officials and residents, I am very confident that we can prevent the declaration of an outbreak,” he said.