By VICTOR RAMOS*
On March 16, 2016, Mayor Gustavo Garcia Bello of Zihuatanejo; accompanied by his wife Maricruz Galana Leyva, president of DIF Zihuatanejo; city council members; and health authorities from the federal, state and municipal levels, launched a campaign to combat Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya in the municipality. The campaign includes measures to minimize the risks of transmission, elimination of breeding, and control of the causes of these diseases.
The Mayor says that it is imperative that we take actions to prevent any epidemics, and we will need the participation of the general population. Every household must preserve their environment and comply with the instructions from the health authorities.
“I want to say that the municipality and the state government will aggressively fight against the spread of these diseases,” said Mayor Garcia.
The prevention campaign will include spraying insecticides to kill mosquitos and holing community meetings to inform the general public about preventive measures. Home should eliminate any areas with standing water, window screens should be installed, homes areas should be disinfected, etc.
In addition to these preventive measures, the mayor explained that health authorities are also investigating the underlining causes so that Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya do not harm the population.
* Translation by: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor
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