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Government starts fighting dengue as 97 people die nationwide

Santo Domingo.- The national health effort ordered by president Danilo Medina to combat dengue started 9am Friday, while the disease has already claimed 97 lives across the country, officials said.

Since the early hours dozens of employees from the numerous government agencies headed by the ministries of Public Health, Public Works, Land Transport Office (OTTT), the Dominican State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE), among others, set out to barrios in the cities and towns nationwide.

In a press conference to start the operation Public Health minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino asked the population to discard from their homes pots or containers that hold water, but noted that there´s currently no province under a heightened alert for the disease.

In a statement the Presidency said it´s the anti-dengue operation´s first stage, and includes tomorrow Saturday, to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, fumigation and guidance for citizens to help halt the outbreak.

Source: DT

Oct 31, 2015

Category: DR News |

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