No to indiscriminate use of fogging machines
Davao City Health Office (CHO) Sanitation Unit urged barangays with fogging machines to refrain from indiscriminate use of the equipment and for the operators to undergo proper training to avoid hazardous effects to people and the environment.
With reports that some fogging machine handlers operate despite having people around, CHO Sanitation inspector Curtis Lazarraga clarified during the Ispeak media forum yesterday, January 10, 2019 that these are barangay-owned machines.
He further said that some barangays bought their own fogging machines where operators are not even properly trained.
“We try as much as possible to refrain from fogging kasi it is with the use of chemicals and it is not the total solution for dengue problem,” Lazarraga said, adding that fogging is their last resort to areas with reported dengue cases.
The CHO Sanitation Unit has been following three steps for dengue control. First is the proper dissemination on the elimination of breeding sites; second is the impregnation or soaking of curtains and mosquito nets with chemicals; and lastly, fogging./