Mayor Romualdez orders city-wide clean-up drive to abate cases of Dengue
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) — Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez has ordered a city-wide cleanup drive on Saturday, August 24 as an answer to the spike of dengue cases in Tacloban.
More than 2,000 employees and officials from 41 offices of the City Government will participate in a simultaneous City-wide Search and Destroy Activity dubbed “Binalaybalay nga Panlimpyo Kontra Dengue” (House to House Search and Destroy Drive Against Dengue) intended to wipe out the breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
The simultaneous clean-up activity will be held from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. in 7 Clustered areas around the City.
The activity is 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.
According to the City Health Office, as of August 22, there are already 1, 785 cases of dengue, with no reported fatality in the past three weeks. – C. Merin and H.J.Roca/CIO