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Las Piñas battles Zika

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda “Mel” Aguilar has mobilized barangay officials, the city health department, and volunteers for a massive cleanup drive to eliminate possible mosquito breeding areas to prevent the spread of Zika, dengue, and Chikungunya.

The move is in response to the call of the Department of Health’s for a united effort against the dreaded Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that carry the virus.

Aguilar has created the Barangay Zika-Dengue Brigade composed of barangay officials, health center staff, and homeowners for a massive clean-up in their barangays and disseminate information and awareness regarding Zika, dengue, and Chikungunya prevention and control.

The mayor appealed to the residents and homeowners and school authorities to strengthen and maintain regular cleanup activities in their surroundings to arrest the spread of the disease.

She instructed the city health office to continue its disease surveillance operations, introduction of Ovi-Larvi trap in schools and communities, and immediate fogging operations and illness source reduction through active community participation.