No to in­dis­crim­i­nate use of fog­ging ma­chines

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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./

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