Always keep surroundings clean–Dr. Mateo

LAOAG CITY, Aug. 3 – City Health Officer Dr. Renato Mateo has urged the public to keep their surroundings clean in order to avoid the breeding of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
“Let us keep our surroundings clean. Let us dispose the water in containers where mosquitoes breed,” Mateo said.
He stressed that observing a clean surrounding is a much “better, safer, and economical way to kill dengue-carrying mosquitoes than using chemical sprays”.

With the onset of rainy season, the city government, he added, has intensified its anti-dengue campaign by holding information drives during barangay assemblies and the creation of barangay dengue brigades to make sure that residents practice “4S.”

Under the “4S” strategy, the public is advised undertake several actions, among these are: a) to Search and destroy possible breading places of dengue-causing mosquitoes; b) employ Self-protection measures including the use of skin repellant and wearing of long sleeves shirts and pants, among others; c) Seek early consultation from a doctor when one is showing early signs and symptoms of dengue; and, Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

As part of the city government’s campaign, Mayor Michael Farinas has recently distributed 20,000 OL mosquito traps to the different barangays.

At presstime, CHO said at least 61 dengue cases with no deaths were recorded in the city from January to July this year. (Theo S. Guiang)