DOH on emergency mode to counter dengue in 33 Metro Manila hot spots
(SPOT.ph) After declaring 33 dengue hot spot areas in Metro Manila, the Department of Health is on high alert in their drive to prevent and counter the spread of the disease, reports The Philippine Star. Most of the hot spots are located in Quezon City, followed by Manila and Caloocan. DOH director for Metro Manila Ed Janairo said, "We will focus first on the hot spot areas. We will kill mosquitoes and we will destroy their possible breeding sites to eliminate the larvae at the same time. We want to capture the mosquito cycle."
Apart from defogging areas, a Philippine Daily Inquirer report said that the government is also ready to distribute 81,000 anti-dengue traps for free to schools and other dengue hot spots. The trap is an ordinary black tumbler half filled with water containing non-toxic pepper pellets that have been proven to effectively kill mosquitoes.
Records show that 45,333 dengue cases were registered nationwide from Jan. 1 to Aug. 6-10,487 of which came from Metro Manila. According to another Philippine Daily Inquirer report, there have been 267 reported deaths, 70 from Metro Manila. Janairo, however, is hopeful that their measures will be effective. "By mid-September, we expect dengue cases to go down significantly. We hope to repeat this campaign in December so that by next year, dengue cases will be minimized," he said.