Cleanup alarm raised as dengue cases spike

THE Iloilo City Health Office (CHO) advised the public to pursue cleaning their surroundings every day and practice the “4 o’clock habit” to avoid the prevalence of dengue cases in the metropolis.

CHO head Dr. Bernard Caspe observed that some villages do not heed Resolution No. 2016-355 which set every Saturday as the “Clean-Up Day in all Barangays in the City of Iloilo.”

The health office made the call after recording 114 dengue cases from January to June 2018, higher compared to 97 cases during the same period in 2017.

“We have the ‘4 o’clock habit’ and city resolution which states that barangays should conduct cleanup activities every Saturday. However, we have noticed that there were some who stopped cleaning their surroundings if there were no dengue cases in their barangays,” Caspe said.

“The clean-up initiative should be done every day to ensure that there are no breeding places of mosquitoes. Let us change our habits of not doing anything if there are no dengue cases, cleaning should be a year-round effort,” he added.

Caspe noted that mosquitoes usually breed in flower vases and pots and uncovered water tanks.

CHO already conducted misting in all public schools in City Proper and La Paz districts.

“We check a list of all schools so that we can conduct misting every Saturday. We also gave out powerful larvicide and insecticide so that mosquitoes can easily be killed,” Caspe said.

Dengue is caused by day-biting mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus that breed in clear and stagnant water.

The aegypti mosquito is the primary dengue vector or carrier found in urban areas and it usually rests in cool and dark corners of the house.

The albopictus mosquito is the secondary vector that maintains the virus in the environment and can be found in rural areas and breeds in containers. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/ Iloilo City PIO)

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