TACLOBAN CITY- City government employees and Health workers from the City Health Office (CHO) made the rounds of the city’s barangays on Saturday (August 24) for the search and destroy drive against dengue.
The “Binalaybalay nga Panlimpyo Kontra Dengue activity was organized by the city government through the leadership of Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez to abate the rise of dengue cases in the city which has now reached 1,785 with 10 deaths.
Earlier, Mayor Romualdez has ordered a city-wide cleanup drive as an answer to the spike of dengue cases in Tacloban.
More than a thousand employees and officials from 41 offices of the city government participated the simultaneous city-wide activity against the mosquito-causing ailment.
The simultaneous clean-up activity was held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in seven clustered areas around the city.
The activity was also intended to get the support of the community in cleaning up their surroundings highlighting the “4’o clock habit” to prevent the spread of the disease, particularly in the 60 barangays that were observed with clustering of dengue cases.
Among the barangays with a significant number of dengue cases are Barangays 83, 106, 91, 97, 105, 100, 94, 99, 68, 71 and 74.
City Health Officer Dr. Gloria Fabrigas encouraged all the households that are within the 60 barangays with clustering of dengue cases to participate in the search and clean-up operations to destroy the breeding places of ‘Aedes aegypti’ and remove the receptacles containing stagnant water such as used tires, vases, and bottles among others.
“Kada balay magkakaroon tayo ng paglilimpyo and we’ll participate in a 4’o clock habit. We need to know na ang lamok ay gusto sa moist area —yung parang naglulumot lumot, diyan dumadami ang kiti-kiti,” Dr. Fabrigas explained.
“Kaya paghuwad, dapat limpyuhan talaga iton para hindi mabuhay ang lamok,” she added.