Zamboanga City battles dengue outbreak

by Queenie Casimiro, ABS CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at May 11 2012 06:39 PM | Updated as of May 12 2012 02:39 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - The city government of Zamboanga has sought the commitment of barangay officials in the battle against dengue.

City health officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos met with village officials on Friday morning to explain the dengue outbreak in the city.

For the first four months of 2012, dengue cases reached 774 compared to the 361 cases registered in 2011.

Ten persons have died of the disease, the last of which is a 12-year-old boy from Barangay Labuan who died Thursday morning.

Wards of the Zamboanga City Medical Center are now filled with dengue patients from Zamboanga City and neighboring provinces.

Aside from the medication being given by the doctors, parents of patients also brought with them jars of boiled tawa-tawa, a herbal plant that is said to help cure dengue.

Meanwhile, Mayor Celso Lobregat on Friday distributed mosquito swatters to village officials, as well as boxes of chemicals that would kill mosquito larvae.

A city-wide clean-up drive is set to be conducted on May 15 in all barangays in the city.