QUEZON CITY, AUG. 20 (PIA)--Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the strict monitoring and intensified anti-dengue campaign in the city, particularly in the 10 barangays with the most number of dengue cases.
These barangays are Fairview, Payatas, Commonwealth, Holy Spirit, Batasan, Pasong Tamo, Bagong Silangan, Bagbag, Tandang Sora and Tatalon.
"Magkakasama ang pwersa ng QC Health Department, at mga barangay health worker para sa araw-araw na Search and Destroy at spraying campaign sa mga nabanggit na lugar," said Belmonte.
Belmonte also issued a memorandum mandating public schools to encourage students to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
"This is one of the city's immediate actions as we learned that the age group most hit by dengue is children 1 to 10 years old," Belmonte stressed.
As of latest count, the number of dengue cases in Quezon City totaled 3,502 with 29 deaths from January to August 10, 2019. This is 15 percent lower compared to the same period last year.
In addition, Belmonte assured that the local government is intensifying its awareness campaign, clean-up drives and spraying as part of measures to combat dengue.
Students help in the clean-up drive. (Photo courtesy of QC PAISD)
"Rest assured the city government is doing everything required and expected of us and beyond," said Belmonte.
At the same time, Belmonte also called on residents to cooperate with the local government's efforts to fight dengue, especially spraying, which has been long proven to be effective, to prevent an impending outbreak.
"Nakikiusap tayo sa ating mga residente na makiisa sa kampanya ng lokal na pamahalaan laban sa dengue. Nakarating sa akin na may ilang tumanggi sa spraying sa palibot ng kanilang mga tahanan at mga kalye," said Belmonte.
"Simultaneously, we are employing active fever surveillance and the use of NS1 rapid diagnostic tests to diagnose dengue early. Once dengue is detected, our health workers immediately address it to avoid further complications," she added.
Belmonte also reminded residents to always adhere to the Department of Health's 5S campaign to fight dengue.
SEARCH and destroy mosquito breeding sites; employ SELF-PROTECTION measures (i.e wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts, and daily use of mosquito repellent); SEEK early consultation; SUPPORT fogging/spraying; and SUSTAIN hydration by drinking plenty of fluids when sick.
"Higit sa lahat, nais naming bigyang-diin na ang pinakamabisang hakbang upang solusyunan ang dengue ay nagsisimula sa tahanan," said Belmonte.
The mayor encouraged families to always keep their surroundings clean and to fully support the local government's intensified campaign against dengue. (PIA InfoComm/QC PAISD)