SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The City Health Office, in coordination with the regional office of Department of Health and the provincial government, launched an anti-dengue drive as part of Dengue Awareness month in Barangay Catbangen Wednesday here.
Dr. Godofredo Rilloraza, city health officer, said he told residents to clear waste water off containers, where mosquitoes and larvae usually thrive. This is, he said, to prevent the spread of dengue.
The city health officer spoke to the residents gathered at the city’s covered court barangay hall during the occasion.
The theme of the launching program was: “Eskwelahan, Palengke, Simbahan at Buong Komunidad Sama-sama Nating Puksain ang Dengue”.
Rilloraza also told residents to be wary of dengue and zika viruses during this rainy season, despite the fact that such cases are not present in the city.
According to Joaquin Lacsamana, sanitary inspector and fogging coordinator, fogging operations in indoor areas in city public schools started last May 23 and were completed last June 2. However, fogging in the private schools starts in July, depending on school officials’ decision.
As part of the activity, residents are encouraged to collect recyclable materials such as disposed rubber tires, plastics, and glass bottles and exchange them for a kilo of rice.
Other activities include clean-up drives, search and destroy operations, larvae survey, declogging of canals and distribution of IEC materials.
Meanwhile, 13 city villages here have been declared dengue- free. These are Sacyud, Narra Oeste, Narra Este, Abut, Cabarsican, Birunget, Bangbangolan, Dalumpinas Este, Pao Sur, Barangay 2, Barangay 4, Masicong, and Apaleng. Erwin Beleo/NPN-northboundasia.com