THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Cordillera recently conducted a clean-up drive in partnership with the Municipality of Tuba and Tuba Municipal Police Office.
The clean-up activity was conducted after the Department of Health (DOH) declared a national dengue epidemic in the wake of 146,062 dengue cases recorded since January to July 20 this year.
From July 14 to 20 alone, 10,502 dengue cases were already recorded, 71 percent higher compared to the same period in 2018 (6,128 cases). A total of 622 deaths were recorded.
The activity was aimed to apply the "search and destroy" strategy through cleaning and clearing potential mosquito breeding sites.
The "search and destroy" strategy is proven to be the most effective way to combat dengue, as it intends to lessen and ultimately eliminate mosquito breeding sites, said the DOH.
The clean-up was conducted along Marcos Highway starting in front of the BFP-Cordillera headquarters going down to Aspiras-Palispis Highway flyover and to the Poyopoy Police Station.
Participating personnel are from BFP-Cordillera, Tuba Fire Station, and Class Masiglat-Sunib Recruit.