FILIPINOS should remain vigilant against disease-carrying mosquitoes while visiting their departed loved ones in cemeteries or memorial parks, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
Enrique Tayag, DOH spokesman, urged the public to be cautious since mosquitoes like the aedes aegypti can transmit three viral diseases—Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.
The department announced Friday that to more Zika cases had been confirmed in Cavite province.
Tayag said Filipinos not only should clean the tombs of their dearly departed, they should also ensure that the surroundings are clean.
This was echoed by EcoWaste Coalition, which said that containers may collect rainwater and become the breeding ground of mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can be avoided through the use of insect repellents but the group’s national coordinator, Aileen Lucero, said the public should buy products approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Tayag said Filipinos should also guard against food poisoning when eating inside cemeteries.
The DOH will be working with volunteer paramedical personnels in cemeteries to render assistance to anyone in need of medical aid.
The agency is on code white alert, which means that health workers are on standby for possible deployment.
Tayag said the elderly and children below five years old should stay at home since cemeteries will be packed.
“However, if it cannot be avoided, they should plan for it. Either they go there early or they go there before November 1,” the official said.