MABALACAT CITY -- There is no dengue outbreak in Barangay Dau, a top village official clarified on Tuesday.
Dau Barangay Chairman Oscar Aurelio, a medical doctor by profession, issued the clarification following the reported increase in the number of dengue fever cases in his village.
“There is no outbreak. When you say outbreak it means that there are several cases in a purok or a certain place. But in our area, the 34 cases of dengue are scattered in the more than 30 puroks,” Aurelio said.
The Department of Health (DOH) earlier reported that Mabalacat City is second in the list of dengue affected areas in Pampanga. The province on the other hand is the second province in Central Luzon which has the most number of dengue fever cases, according to Aurelio.
Aurelio said they have conducted a series of forums about dengue fever including its effects and prevention.
The village chief also disclosed a new method of killing mosquitoes with the use of what the DOH call as “mist blower” in replacement of the old style of fumigation.
Aurelio said that the mist-blower has been proven effective in killing not only mosquitoes but other insects which carry the virus.
“The DOH supplies the chemical and materials needed in the mist blower,” he added.
Aside from these, the people should also need to know that cleanliness is the most effective way in preventing the spread of dengue, the village chief said.
“We should get rid of mosquitos’ breeding grounds. Lalu na retang kiti-kiti dapat mate la naman reta kasi apin reng maging amuk reta keng pilan mung aldo.”
Barangay leaders, senior citizens, women, non-government organizations recently conducted a clean-up drive in connection with their anti-dengue drive, according to Aurelio.