Sulu, Zamboanga brace for Zika

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Government officials and health workers in Sulu province and Zamboanga City have begun a clean-up campaign to rid breeding grounds of mosquitoes and stop them from multiplying in response to the Department of Health’s (DOH) campaign against the Zika virus.

Sulu Governor Toto Tan said the campaign is ongoing in different villages in the 19 municipalities there.

“Even before the outbreak of this Zika virus disease, we have been ridding villages of mosquito breeding grounds and launched a campaign, together with health authorities and village leaders on how to deal with mosquitoes, especially the Aedes eagypti, to prevent the spread of communicable diseases,” he said.

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco also ordered health authorities to intensify the cleanliness campaign in villages, especially in the resettlement areas. She also sought the help of barangay leaders in destroying breeding grounds of mosquitoes and keeping their areas clean.

“We have been doing this in the past, and now we are intensifying our cleanliness program just to be on the safe side. We don’t want (the spread of) Zika (virus disease) and dengue (fever) in Zamboanga. We are a clean city, but just the same, the campaign goes on,” Climaco said.

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