DOH blasts photo ops of clean-up vs dengue in Western Visayas

Published July 23, 2019, 2:01 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — The Department of Health (DOH) has scored the exploitation of the clean-up campaign in Western Visayas to prevent the spread of dengue, saying it has become photo opportunities (photo ops) for both public and private sectors.

USELESS CLEANUP?—The Department of Health (DOH) warns that massive cleanup campaign along streets cannot really kill mosquitoes that are carriers of dengue.  Instead, it should be areas with stagnant water.   (Iloilo City Government FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
USELESS CLEANUP?—The Department of Health (DOH) warns that massive cleanup campaign along streets cannot really kill mosquitoes that are carriers of dengue. Instead, it should be areas with stagnant water. (Iloilo City Government FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

DOH Western Visayas Regional Director Marlyn Convocar said majority of clean-up drives are useless since it does not get rid of the breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

“Find the area where there is stagnant water and not along the streets just to pose for a picture,” Convocar said.

As of July 13, DOH has recorded 18,834 dengue cases with 94 deaths in the region, and 230 new dengue cases daily since last month.

The clean-up drive’s main target is to destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes.

“Once we stop the breeding places, we can cut by half the number of cases,” Convocar said.

Iloilo City is the latest area to have a dengue outbreak. Last Monday, Mayor Jerry Treñas signed an executive order after dengue cases spiked by 416.7 percent. There are currently 868 cases with six deaths.

 
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