The Zamboanga City Hall. (PNA file photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Mayor John Dalipe has ordered the City Health Office (CHO) to maximize available resources to prevent the spread of dengue as cases near the 3,000 mark as of Friday.

Dalipe said the city remains in the “outbreak mode” with cases totaling 2,971 since January with 20 mortalities.

At the same time, Dalipe urged the residents to support the city government's campaign against dengue in their respective communities amid the prevailing rainy season.

Dalipe strongly advised the residents to consistently follow the “4S” strategy against dengue: “Search and Destroy” mosquito breeding places, “Secure Self Protection” from mosquito bites, “Seek Early Consultation” when signs and symptoms of dengue occur, and “Say Yes to Fogging” as a last resort in areas with a high dengue incidence.

Cleanliness, the mayor said, remains the basic preventive measure for dengue and other diseases.

Based on CHO records, the top ten barangays with high dengue cases are Sta. Maria (175), Pasonanca (163), Tetuan (159), Putik (157), Tumaga (156), Mercedes (137), San Roque (136), Calarian (119), Divisoria (92), and Cabatangan (81).

CHO said it has intensified massive misting operations in areas with a recorded high number of dengue cases to contain the spread of the disease.

The misting operations are complemented with the release of larvicide in areas with stagnant bodies of water that serve as the breeding ground of Aedes aegypti, the dengue-carrying mosquito. (PNA)