DOH downgrades fogging against dengue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – Contrary to popular belief, fogging
operations alone cannot stop dengue, an official of the Department of
Health said.

Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, DOH regional director, told MindaNews
employing fogging alone is no longer advisable because it is not a
good health practice.The DOH reported earlier this month the number of dengue cases in
Southern Mindanao rose by 22 percent so far this year. The DOH’s
Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit revealed that from January
to May this year the number of cases was at 1,017.

Most of these cases, according to the DOH, are from Davao City,
numbering 700 or 69 percent.

Ubial said, however, that due to a declining rainfall and increasing
public awareness, the figures have started to decline since June. She
could not give the numbers as of press time.

Ubial lamented that local government units in the region find
fumigation a convenient way to kill mosquito sites, saying it could be
a high profile activity that is not really effective.

Standby for the rest of the report on MindaNews.com.

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A Journalist from Mindanao

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