Residents of Barangays Talaba IV and Zapote II on Friday embarked on a massive clean-up and clearing stagnant waters in creeks and esteros that are suspected breeding sites of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
The massive clean-up drive is among the vector control measures by the Department of Health (DOH) to address the national dengue epidemic.
DOH Calabarzon regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo joined Bacoor City Health Office (CHO) chief Dr. Ivy Yrastorza, along with Talaba IV and Zapote II village leaders and barangay health workers (BHWs) for the clean-up.
The health officials, village chiefs and scores of village folks trooped to the banks of the creeks and esteros, which flow into the Zapote River, where they scooped tons of garbage that clogged the canals.
The clean-up drive stretched from Barangay Ligas, Zapote to Talaba IV and up to Sitio Longos in Barangay Zapote, where piles of trash were seen strewn on the canals and esteros.
“This is only one way to contain dengue in our area. Another is the misting or fumigation in the 73 villages here, the observance of the 4 o’clock habit, and cleaning one’s backyard and removing stagnant water in tires or bottles where mosquitoes thrive,” Yrastorza said in an interview.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) disclosed that Bacoor City has recorded some 419 dengue cases during the first half of this year.
In Cavite province, Bacoor ranked second highest dengue case, next to Dasmariñas City with 913 while General Trias City came in third with 385 cases.
Meanwhile, General Trias City Health Officer Dr. Jonathan Luseco, said they have also slated a massive clean-up drive along the stretch of the open canal in Pasong Camachile while the city health personnel are spearheading the fumigation in the city’s 33 villages. (Dennis Abrina)
News source: Philippine News Agency