ZAMBOANGA CITY The local government unit has ordered the city health office to conduct fumigation in private and public schools before the opening of classes on June 4 to stop the dengue epidemic here.
The dengue epidemic has claimed 10 lives since January with 835 cases attended by public and private medical facilities as of Tuesday.
Mayor Celso Lobregat directed the City Health Office Thursday to conduct the fumigation in public and private schools in the city.
The directive was issued as the Division of City Schools prepare to conduct its Brigada Escuela next Monday.
Lobregat issued the instruction during a meeting for Balik Eskwela at City Hall attended by school principals and administrators, police and fire officers, barangay officials and other stakeholders.
It was suggested schools belonging to barangays with the highest number of dengue cases will be prioritized in the fumigation to be carried out by CHO personnel.
Barangays with fogging machines are requested to conduct the fumigation in their schools with CHO providing the necessary chemical.
The chief executive said that the fumigation should be conducted from May 21 to Jun 3, when the schools are having their Brigada Eskwela.
Cleaning of school surroundings is requested before fumigation to ensure that dengue-carrying mosquitoes are killed.
Priority of fumigation is given to public schools in the affected Barangays Tumaga, Tugbungan, Canelar, Tetuan, Guiwan, Putik, Sta. Maria, San Roque, Talon-Talon, Baliwasan, Sta.Catalina, Upper Calarian, Sta. Barbara, San Jose Gusu, Mampang, Lunzuran, and Upper Pasonanca including the Zamboanga City Central School (East and West).
The fumigation will cover at least two schools every day. Private schools may be fumigated upon request by their administrators.
Likewise, Lobregat reminded school principals and administrators of their responsibility to ensure that their respective schools are always clean.
Non-functional toilets should be made functional, broken window panes and doorknobs should be replaced. The condition of a toilet is a reflection of people using it, he said.
A dengue outbreak was declared in Zamboanga City following the reported 774 dengue cases with 9 fatalities from January 1 to April 30, this year. Massive cleanup has already been conducted in all barangays.
Lobregat also directed the police to make sure that security and traffic measures are in place in all schools during the opening of classes. (PNA)