4 o’clock habit launched
WITH two fatalities already reported, the Laoag City government recently launched the 4:00 pm habit in a bid to combat the further spread of dengue virus in the city.
The said program is in line with the implementation of the Oplan Dalus code in the city and a dengue preventive measure to be observed by households and schools.
City community affairs officer Mylene Pascual explained that the 4:00 habit would include cleaning of households and their surroundings, clearing stagnant waters, putting covers on water containers and giving flyers on dengue prevention.
In schools, Pascual said they would be encouraged to form dengue brigades as an orientation program would be conducted to inform them of their rules and functions in the Oplan Dalus and dengue prevention programs.
The said orientation would be conducted by specialists on health, cleanliness and dengue prevention through city health officer Dr. Renato Mateo.
The 4:00 habit was proposed by the City Health Office and was approved by Laoag Mayor Michael V. Fariñas and Oplan Dalus manager, Ms. Chevylle V. Fariñas.
Pascual stressed that all sectors in the city are encouraged to participate in the observance of the 4 o’clock habit, among them are the Parents-Teachers Associations, people’s organizations, barangay health workers, Day-Care Center workers, BSPOs, BNS, the Market Vendors’ Association, and the Association of Barangay Councils.
Reacting to this, Fariñas said he appreciates the move of the CHO as he asked the assistance of barangay officials in the city to help in the distribution of flyers.
Fariñas also clarified that fumigation is not the primary solution for dengue prevention but cleanliness and the aoidance of stagnant water inside and outside household premises.
As of October 3, 2007, CHO records show that there have been 55 dengue victims in the city with two fatalities from Barangays 14 and Nalbo.
Dominic B. dela Cruz